Game 4: Ducks Look To Even The Series

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks battle the Nashville Predators in game 4 trailing 2-1 in the series.  The game starts at 5.00 PM PT tonight.

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We will have a watch party tonight at Avila’s El Ranchito in Orange at 5PM. Suggested donation of $5 goes to our local Military Veterans and you get a fowl towel in return! Hope to see you there!

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Keys To The Game:

Ducks

1. Score First: Just like in game three, the Ducks need to come out strong and get an early goal. The sooner the Ducks take control of this the game, then the sooner the Nashville crowd becomes a non-factor.

2. Penalties: For the second game in a row the Ducks had to kill off five Nashville penalties. The Ducks did a good job of skating away from the post whistle activity in game three and will have to do it again tonight.

Predators

1. Traffic: The Predators need to get in front of Frederik Andersen and try to block his vision. If Nashville can create effective screens, then maybe they can deflect a puck or two past Andersen.

2. Power Play: The Predators had five power play chances in game three and couldn’t get a goal. They need to start producing with the extra man especially with the large number of opportunities they are being given.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. Shawn Horcoff: He came in and provided a spark for the Ducks in game three. He played solid defense and earned an assist after making a nice move to the net and then finding an open Jamie McGinn.

2. Chris Stewart: He scored his first playoff goal in the last game. His initial shot was blocked, but he got to his own rebound and put it in the back of the net. Rebounds have been there for Anaheim in this series.

Predators

1. Colin WilsonIf Craig Smith can’t play tonight, then Wilson is likely to fill his spot on the second line. Wilson is going to have to step up his game as Smith played well in the first two contests and the beginning of game three.

2. Mike Ribeiro: He has been a non-factor offensively in this series. Maybe tonight he breaks through with a goal or assist.

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup:

Injuries: Josh Manson(Head/Upper Body), Brandon Pirri(Upper Body, and Clayton Stoner(Upper Body)

Offense

David PerronRyan GetzlafRyan Garbutt

Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg

Rickard Rakell – Nate Thompson Corey Perry

Jamie McGinn – Shawn Horcoff – Chris Stewart

Defense

Cam Fowler – Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm – Sami Vatanen

Simon Despres – Shea Theodore

Nashville Predators Projected Lineup (Per Dailyfaceoff.com):

Injuries: Craig Smith(Lower Body Injury)

Offense

Calle JarnkrokRyan JohansenJames Neal

Filip ForsbergMike RibeiroCraig Smith

Colin WilsonMike FisherViktor Arvidsson

Miikka SalomakiPaul GaustadCody Bass

Defense

Roman JosiShea Weber

Mattias EkholmRyan Ellis

Anthony BitettoPetter Granberg

Ducks:                                                Frederik Andersen 1-0-0 GAA 0.00 SV% 1.000% (Confirmed)

Predators:                                           Pekka Rinne  2-1-0 GAA 2.35 SV% .911% (Probable)

TEAM COMPARISON 

GP RECORD HOME ROAD G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
3 1-2 0-2 1-0 2.33 2.00 14.3 92.3 9.3 26.3 29.0 57.4
3 2-1 0-1 2-0 2.00 2.33 7.7 85.7 5.3 29.0 26.3 42.6

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2 thoughts on “Game 4: Ducks Look To Even The Series

  1. WHAT are the Ducks doing?? Why Don’t They: SHOOT the PUCK?!?!?

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  2. Great play : the Ducks ARE Playing their game!!! Keep the “mojo” .. and bring this Victory Home 💥. GO DUCKS 💥

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