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

19 Mai 2017

Some are dressed in stripes.

Yet, they still gave up the first goal, took the first penalty, surrendered the first power-play goal, took the second penalty, allowed the second goal and, 16 minutes in, had just two shots on goal.

They werent necessarily the wrong calls.

"Nick Ritchie is a guy that has scored a lot of goals similar to what he scored tonight", said Carlyle.

And that was just the start.

The Anaheim Ducks look to regain home ice advantage and take a solid 2-1 series lead with a victory here. After losing game one of the Western Conference Finals at home they bounced back to win game two.

Game 4 is here Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"Obviously when you're out there, you want to help the team", Forsberg said.

"We haven't scored many goals on the powerplay so far, but let's hope the ketchup bottle is open now and we can keep scoring", said Finland's Vatanen. His mental lapse on the final goal put a damper on an otherwise excellent performance that kept the Ducks in game three. And the wait was definitely worth it.

The sequence was defeating and deflating, all of Honda Center joining the home team in going limp. And unless the Ducks figure out a way to shut down Nashville's top line of Johansen, Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg, who played a role in all three goals, the outcome isn't going to continue in Anaheim's favour. I havent been in a building with that much energy in my life.”.

Game 2 is Sunday in Anaheim. Johansen, who had two assists in Game 1, had a goal and an assist in Game 2. But Nashville had never had a No. 1 center, and Johansen was arguably the missing piece of a Cup contender.

The Predators are the first National Hockey League team in 20 years to win 10 consecutive home playoff games. That earned McLeod an instigator penalty along with a game misconduct. "We knew what was going to happen", Ducks right wing Corey Perry said.

- Interesting analysis of Pekka Rinne's game last night... the Ducks were testing his blocker constantly. Forsberg's goal snapped Gibson's streak of 51 saves in a row dating back to Game 2 of the series.

Another time, Anaheims Brandon Montour fanned on a shot that snuck underneath Rinnes pads.

But the net came off its moorings at the same time with Ekholm crashing into it. Referee Brad Meier immediately waved off the goal, which was upheld on review.

Still, it was Anaheim goalie John Gibson who was causing Nashville the most worry.

But the Ducks fought back, scoring two goals just 99 seconds apart to tie it 2-2. "I'm just trying to play hockey, and it doesn't make sense when you have to pull a stick out of your groin every shift". It's Nashville's answer to the octopus Detroit fans traditionally throw on the ice for good luck.

Gibson followed that up later in the year by helping Team USA win a shocking bronze at the World Championship and once again he posted incredible numbers - especially since he was still a teenager and this time playing against some of the best men in the world. But another loss Sunday would have tested this team on all sort of levels, both mental and physical.

A year earlier, he traded defenceman Seth Jones (a fourth-overall pick in 2014) to Columbus for centre Ryan Johansen, who led the Predators with 61 points.

The Ducks worked their tails off as given by the multiple goals scored.

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