Game 3: Ducks Head To Nashville

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks won Game 2 by a score of 5-3 and tied the series up a game apiece. They play Game 3 tonight at 5 PM PT in Nashville.

Anaheim Outlook

The Ducks got down early again by multiple goals in Game 2, but were able to comeback and win. It’s the fourth time this postseason the Ducks have trailed by two goals or more and were able to still win the contest. It’s certainty exciting to this team be able to rally like they have, but it would good to see them built a lead early for a change.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks have only been outscored 3-2 in both opening periods so far, but they haven’t started either game with the jump that Randy Carlyle is hoping for. The Ducks have been better in the second period especially last game when they put three past Pekka Rinne. The Ducks are going to need that kind of effort going forward if they want to take at least one game in Nashville.

Anaheim Projected Lineup

Offense
Rickard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf –Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Nick RitchieAntoine Vermette – Ondrej Kase
Chris Wagner – Nate Thompson – Jared Boll

Defense
Cam FowlerSami Vatanen
Shea Theodore – Josh Manson
Hampus Lindholm – Brandon Montour

In Net
John Gibson (Probable)

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Nashville Outlook

Nashville did everything right in the beginning of Game 2. They scored the first two goals and got Anaheim into penalty trouble. Their only flaw was a late goal by Sami Vatanen, which gave the Ducks life heading into the second period. The Predators have been able to get leads in the middle of both Games 1 and 2, but they haven’t been able to hold on. They will look to improve on that tonight.

Keys To The Game

The Predators gave up five goals, which is the most for them this postseason. Rinne gave up four of those, which is the most he has let it in the playoffs so far(the fifth goal was an empty netter). Nashville will need to tighten things up defensively as the Ducks were able to get traffic in front and create more scoring chances in Game 2 as opposed to Game 1.

Nashville Projected Lineup

Offense
Filip Forsberg – Ryan Johansen – Viktor Arvidsson
Colin Wilson  – Mike Fisher – Pontus Aberg
Colton Sissons – Calle Jarnkrok – James Neal
Cody McLeod – Vernon Fiddler – Austin Watson

Defense
Roman Josi – Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm – P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin – Yannick Weber

In Net
Pekka Rinne (Probable)

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May 16th, 2017

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