Tuesday, 23 May, 2017

Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks - 5/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Noah Ferguson | 19 May, 2017, 15:14

The Ducks tied the game at 7:21 of the third off a faceoff.

Some are dressed in stripes.

Josi's goal was the first power-play tally of the series for Nashville.

Nashville twice won Game 1 and went on to claim the previous two series with major help from Rinne, who usually has been at his inimitable best when facing the Ducks' scorers.

They werent necessarily the wrong calls. Worse yet, on the second non-goal, Nashville received a goalie interference penalty. Instead, they got angry. That streak extended to eight games Tuesday night. Draymond: "You want to beat a team at full strength'Wilbon: Spurs let ch. They played hard at our net, bumping our goalie all night long, and we didn't do a good enough job getting inside". "We're just going in there and going to try to take care of business". After sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks and defeating the St. Louis Blues in stride, the Nashville Predators continue their battle to the top against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Finals. And the wait was definitely worth it. The noise is unrelenting, whether because of what the home team is doing or the fans' choreographed cheers.

Rather than balking at the challenge, the Nashville Predators responded to a 1-0 deficit and a great John Gibson performance by just imposing their will in an eventual 2-1 Game 3 win.

A finalist for the Selke award given to the NHL's best defensive forward, Kesler said he won't be changing how he plays no matter what Johansen says because his goal is helping Anaheim win the series and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Sunday night after Game 2, Johansen sounded off about Kesler's relentless pokes and jabs. "He steps up throughout the season, and especially when it's most important in the playoffs when the team is just itching for a goal, he finds a way to come through with one".

Corey Perry got the Ducks out to a 1-0 advantage in the second period.

It was a valiant — if not foolish — decision, as McLeod received an penalty for instigating and was kicked out of the game. Anaheim was on the power play as Perry skated down past the right face-off circle.

Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson apparently eclipsed Gibson with one of the NHL's all-time most comprehensive screens, Gibson looking and leaning to his left as Neal flipped the puck into the sudden open space to his right.

Johnny Gaudreau finished with two goals in Cologne, Germeny, to take his tournament total to six, and an assist, while Jimmy Howard made 19 saves on his fourth start for the Americans, whose confidence seems to be growing as they stretched their winning run to five games.

Harry Zolnierczyk, a former minor leaguer in the Ducks' system, could draw in for Game 3.

Another time, Anaheims Brandon Montour fanned on a shot that snuck underneath Rinnes pads. Officials waived the goal off since the net came off the moorings. Previous year in the first round of the playoffs the Predators defeated the Ducks in game in Anaheim. That was the key.”.

"I didn't think we executed with the puck properly tonight, which caused us a lot [more] headaches than needed", he said.

Its the trade that keeps on giving.

Nashville is still an untraditional hockey market, but the Predators are establishing a tradition of winning here.

And the home team killed off the remaining time for the biggest win in franchise history.

For some Ducks, this will be their first chance at hearing just how loud Bridgestone Arena is in the playoffs. The 205th overall pick (7th round) in 2014 has injected some speedy life into Anaheim. The Predators are the first National Hockey League team to win 10 straight playoff games at home since Detroit in 1997-98. "I think the momentum shifted just a bit", said Predators head coach Peter Laviolette.

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