The Nashville Predators certainly appeared to have an advantage over the Anaheim Ducks heading into the start of the Western Conference Final on Friday.
With the series shifting to their place, will the Nashville Predators get back in the lead in the Western Conference Finals as they face the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 tonight at 8PM ET? The Under is 3-0-2 in Nashville's five home playoff games to this point, with the trends pointing toward a lower scoring pair of games coming up in Music City between the Ducks and Predators in this series.
Home ice advantage was lost for the Ducks with Nashville's overtime victor in game one.
The Ducks have gotten production from a variety of players in the first two games. Even though the Ducks have solved their regular season scoring problem, they still struggle on the power play.
Predators coach Peter Laviolette lamented his team allowing two goals within 1:39 near the end of the first and the start of the second period. They have to finish and ensure their frenetic energy actually gets the puck in the net.
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On the first of those, Predators forward Harry Zolnierczyk skated through the top of the crease and knocked down Gibson, leaving an open shot for Nashville's Colton Sissons at 6:25 of the third. It snapped Nashville's 0-for-11 drought with the man advantage. "We know what we can do in the room". In their Game 2 triumph, Vatanen scored while Cam Fowler had two assists and Shea Theodore, Josh Manson and Brandon Montour each had one.
It seemed like their past was revisiting them when they lost game one. The Ducks responded with a 5-3 triumph in Game 2 to even the series, dealing the Predators their third loss in 12 postseason games.
Josi, Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg combined for 20 shots on goal, matching the total of the entire Ducks roster.
The Predators are counting on longtime goalie Pekka Rinne (9-3, 1.62 GAA, .942 SV%) to bounce back after his first subpar game this postseason. "It gives us that extra boost and that extra energy that we needed".
"I think the guys will be fine", he said. "We got better as the game went on". We can only imagine what game three will entail as far as smack talks and headlines go.
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"There's a lot of things to like but it's just one game", Boucher said.
The Penguins didn't lack for opportunities to jump on the Senators but four first-period power plays - including 45 seconds of a 5-on-3 - went nowhere.
Therefore the Ducks will have trouble advancing past the Predators to the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals.
We are right in the middle of the Conference Finals in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and in this week's column, I'll be taking a look at how each series has played out to this point and what we can use moving forward to cash some playoff tickets on the ice.
The Ducks' defense came through with a remarkable offensive outing.
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"That's really it", Ekholm said. "Whether it's overtime or third period or we're leading or we're trailing". Corey Perry on the power plays puts Anaheim up 1-0 and momentum is completely on their side. As much as general managers complain that it's hard to make deals because of the cap, Pittsburgh's Jim Rutherford, Ottawa's Bryan Murray and Pierre Dorion, Nashville's David Poile and Anaheim's Bob Murray have shown a knack for getting good ones done.