Ducks eager for rematch with Rinne's Predators in West final

Ducks eager for rematch with Rinne's Predators in West final”

Anaheim will host the Nashville Predators on Friday night in Game one of the conference finals.

Still, even pushing the five-time defending division champion Ducks to a Game 7 was a victory as far as Talbot was concerned. The Ducks are slight series favourites on Sports Interaction NHL odds. With McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in place, it shouldn't have shocked anyone that they finally ended their playoff drought this year. Nashville had the past four days off after eliminating the Blues to cap its 8-2 surge through the first two rounds.

"If someone would have told you in September we would get to the second round and push Anaheim to seven games, no one would have believed it", McDavid said. The Ducks are 19-3-3 over their last 25 games overall.

The Ducks are not a team that likes to waste time on the power play. With Pittsburgh's potent offense, though, Ottawa will likely need to play with the lead to be successful in this series. What if the Ducks loss if for the better of the team? The record is 32 seasons by the Arizona Coyotes before they reached the 2012 Western Conference Finals.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne finished with 22 saves, including a flurry of stops in the final period.

Jordie Benn, Montreal: No points and minus-3 in 20:20 ice time for Canadiens. "We have a lot of (defensemen) that can jump up in the play". Nikki Conrad continued to listen to the Oilers and Ducks' Game 6 on 630 CHED while she was induced.

Nick Ritchie, Ducks - Ritchie now has three goals in the playoffs and two in the last two games of the series after scoring the game victor. This is Nashville's first go around in the third round. Rinne was 1-1-1 with a 2.63 GAA and.919 save percentage. Filip Forsberg and James Neal each have three, with Neal getting all of his in the St. Louis series. Subban had an assist. Getzlaf said they're not afraid to broach it as they did in their 2007 Cup win.

The buzz that made Wednesday night feel like a Friday in Edmonton died in the final minutes of Game 7 between the Oilers and the Ducks. The Ducks would roar back and win the next three. During the 2010 playoffs, Lucic's Boston Bruins saw a 3-0 series lead disappear, and the Philadelphia Flyers came back to win it in seven. Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks with 15 points (8G, 7A) in the postseason and is plus-9. It marked the second straight time the home team won in the series, but the road team is still 4-2.

The Oilers were fortunate to get through 40 minutes with the game tied.

However, the two goals proved to be enough for Anaheim even though things didn't start in ideal fashion for the victors. After controlling the first three games played at Honda Center up until the final 3:16 of regulation in Game 5, the Oilers got back into that groove 3:31 into the first. Eaves had 32 regular-season goals combined with Dallas and Anaheim.

If the Edmonton Oilers look and sound like a pretty loose bunch heading into tonight's pressure cooker of a game, it's because they are.

This is a chance for payback for the Ducks are they lost to Nashville in seven games in the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle prefers to keep lines together but has tinkered within games when necessary. Has 3 goals and 1 assist in 10 games.

Rinne is the biggest obstacle yet - literally and figuratively - to this Stanley Cup push in Anaheim, but the Ducks are ready for any challenge. The first two games were blowouts.

There will also be a focus on Ryan Kesler and his line trying to shut down the top line of the Preds the way they did against Connor McDavid. Just like previous year, John Gibson was in goal looking tentative, and the rest of the team has looked a step slower than the speedier Oilers. "So just take advantage of it. Know what's at stake".

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