Can the Ducks take the series and get payback for 2011?
Five years ago to the game, the Nashville Predators had the Anaheim Ducks on their heels heading into game six(6) of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Up to this point it had been a revolving door for the win, with the Preds taking games one(1), three(3), and Five(5); and the Ducks taking games two(2) and Four(4). Game six(6) came with everything on the line for Anaheim, But in the end the Preds got the win and clinched the series in a tightly fought game.
Stars and Sticks
Today the rolls are reversed, the Ducks have the lead and a chance to clinch the series heading into game six tonight. Having dropped the first two games of the series at home the Ducks are looking to close the door on Nashville after winning the next three, two of those coming on the road in arguably one of the hardest arenas to play in. The Ducks looked solid in game five(5), playing a full sixty(60) minutes and having the best second period of the playoffs so far en rout to a 5-2 win.
Coming into tonight’s game the Ducks are looking for more of the same from their top Centers in Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler keeping the score sheet full of ducks goals. Goal tending was an issue at the start of this series with John Gibson in net, it seemed he couldn’t get going in the first two(2) games allowing six(6) goals. Game three(3) saw the first start of Frederik Andersen in the 2016 playoffs and what a way to say hello, with a 3-0 shutout in Nashville. Andersen followed that performance allowing only one(1) goal in game four(4) and of course two goals in game five(5). As the Ducks go back to Nashville and look to close the book on this redemption tale, let’s all have the Foul Towels and Duck Calls ready. This is going to be one heck of a show.
Expected Staring Line Up:
Andrew Cogliano, Ryan Kesler, Jacob Silfverberg
Kevin Bieksa, Cam Fowler