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WCQF – Preds @ Ducks, Game 2 – History to be made


The Predators continue the Western Conference Quarterfinals in Anaheim as they take on the Ducks in game 2 of the best of seven series. The Predators currently lead the series 1-0

Looking at the Ducks: Anaheim is going to be coming off a lackluster 4-1 loss to Nashville on Wednesday night. In that game, Perry/Getzlaf/Ryan combined for 1 assist and a -5 on the night. For the Ducks to succeed, that cannot happen. Anaheim needs it’s scorers to score, it needs its defenders to do their job, and it needs their goaltending to actually show up. Danny Ellis was pulled :56 seconds into the third period Wednesday night after allowing his 4th goal on 26 shots in favor of Ray Emery. Emery, who may or may not still be injured, is most likely in net for the Ducks for game 2, however with all of Anaheim’s goaltending issues, can Emery be their savior?

Looking at the Predators: Nashville has found just what they were looking to get from Mike Fisher. He may not have been that great offensively in the remainder of the regular season, but his 3 points (his first ever multi-point postseason game) in Game 1 has Pred-nation dreaming of the future. With Pekka Rinne nearly registering a shutout (being broken up by Teemu Selanne’s 5-on-3 goal) and every player on the team playing to their full potential (yes, including Kevin Klein, who laid a couple timely fists on Corey Perry’s forehead), Nashville has an opportunity to do TWO things they’ve never done in their franchise history: Win Game 2 of a series and LEAD a series 2-0. If Nashville can find a way to win tonight, I find it truly difficult for Anaheim to come into Nashville and win a game. Nashville is hostile for opposing teams. The fans make it tough for the players to hear on the ice (both sides) and the Predators soak it in and become invigorated by it. Only 2 other teams (SJ/DET) have as many/more home wins since the lockout than the Nashville Predators. Just to take a look at how dominant they are at home when they are the lower seed team, Nashville is a combined 5-1 in games 3 and 4 outscoring teams 18-10 in those games (including 1 shutout). Beating Nashville is tough to do in game 4, but nearly impossible in game 3, as they’ve yet to lose a game 3 at home.

For the Ducks to win: Keep your cool and put pressure on Rinne. If Anaheim can keep their enforcers from getting into penalty trouble tonight and the Ducks top line can actually deliver, Anaheim is definitely a dangerous team. Ray Emery, if he starts, will need to absolutely SHUT OUT the Predators, nothing less. If Anaheim can do this, then they should have no problem

For the Predators to win: What did I say on Wednesday? Let’s repeat: “SUCK THE LIFE OUT OF THE DUCKS. Twice this year Nashville has kept Anaheim to 1 goal. In all 4 games this year, Nashville has been in a position to win (they gave up a goal with 1 second left in the second meeting). Nashville knows how to play the Ducks and has done well at frustrating the top line of the Ducks. However, they’ve given too much time to the Ducks second line and they’ve capitalized. If Nashville can keep shutting down the Terrific Trio and somehow find a way to limit Selanne and Koivu, the Preds will coast”. They did this Wednesday, and coasted to a 4-1 win. If they do it again, they’re coming home with a 2-0 lead

Prediction: 4-2 Anaheim. Anaheim is still angry after Wednesday night’s beating from the Predators and having Shane O’Brien tell them to check out the “scoreboard”. This is going to eat Anaheim up and they’re going to come out tonight and make the Predators make some mistakes and capitalize. Anaheim ties up the series tonight

BEST OF SEVEN Record: 1-0, Predators lead


WCQF Game 1 – #1 Vancouver vs #8 Chicago: VAN Leads 1-0, 10:00pm EST
ECQF Game 1 – #1 Washington vs #8 New York: WAS Leads 1-0, 7:30pm EST
ECQF Game 1 – #4 Pittsburgh vs #5 Tampa Bay: PIT Leads 1-0, 7:00pm EST

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