By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks dropped Game 1 in overtime 3-2 to the Nashville Predators. The Ducks will try to even the series tonight. The game starts at 4:30 PM PT.
The Ducks Jakob Silfverberg scored on the first shot of Game 1, but the Predators applied all kinds of pressure in the rest of the first period. Nashville scored a couple of times and had a 2-1 lead late in the game. A goal by Hampus Lindholm sent the game into overtime, but James Neal scored to give Nashville the win. A couple of fortunate bounces off Sami Vatanen and Corey Perry that ended up in the Anaheim net didn’t help the cause.
The Ducks did recall Sam Carrick and Nic Kerdiles. Both aren’t likely to play, but with the Gulls being eliminated last night they are both available if needed.
Keys To The Game
The Ducks can’t afford to come out flat in the first period against this Nashville team. The Ducks penalty kill did step up it’s game but not allowing a power play goal in Game 1. The Ducks do need to get more traffic in front of Pekka Rinne and more shots on net. The Predators outshot the Ducks 46 to 29 and were able to get not one, but two fortunate bounces which were the difference in the game.
Anaheim Projected Lineup
John Gibson (Probable)
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Nashville was the more rested team having almost a week off before Game 1 and it showed. They dominated the first period out shooting Anaheim 15 to 6. John Gibson kept the game from getting out of control as it tied 1-1 after the first 20 minutes. If Nashville can come out with the same amount of energy as they did in Game 1, then they have a good chance to steal both games in Anaheim.
Keys To The Game
There isn’t much to change in the game plan for Nashville. They constantly applied pressure on the forecheck and threw 46 shots on net. They continued to create traffic and scoring chances in front of Gibson. The did fail to score on the power play, including about 1:43 of a 5-on-3 advantage. They will look to improve on that in Game 2.
Nashville Projected Lineup
Pekka Rinne (Probable)
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May 14th, 2017