NHL playoff preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators – game 3

I have been very impressed with Fowler's play so far in the playoffs. If he continues to play like he did in the first two games, the Ducks will be a tough team to beat.

Matchup – Predators (44-27-11) @ Ducks (47-30-5)

TV – TSN, RIS (HD), FS-W (HD), FS-Ten (HD)

Puck drop – 3:00 PT, 6:00 ET

Last 10 regular season games – Anaheim 7-3-0 / Nashville 7-2-1

Season series – Predators won 3-1

Series score – Tied 1-1

Projected starting goalies - Ray Emery (ANA) vs. Pekka Rinne (NSH)

Here are the projected lines for the Ducks.

Forwards

Matt Beleskey – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry

Jason Blake – Saku Koivu – Teemu Selanne

Nick Bonino – Brandon MacMillan – Brad Winchester

Jarkko Ruutu – Todd Marchant – George Parros

Expected scratches: Dan Sexton, Kyle Chipchura, Nick Deschamps, Josh Green, Peter Holland, Patrick Maroon, Kyle Palmieri & Bobby Ryan, due to suspension.

Defense

Lubomir Visnovsky – Toni Lydman

Francois Beauchemin – Cam Fowler

Luca Sbisa – Sheldon Brookbank

Expected scratches: Andy Sutton & Andreas Lilja, Mat Clark, & Nate Guenin

Ducks to watch out for:

Ryan Getzlaf – The Ducks captain is coming off a three point night. Look for him to try and have a repeat performance tonight.

Cam Fowler – Fowler is coming off a great game showing that he is capable of performing in the playoffs. If he plays like he did Friday, the Ducks will have a very good chance at winning.

Ray Emery – Emery played pretty solid Friday. If he doesn’t have a repeat performance, he could be sitting on the bench for game four.

Predators to watch out for:

Shea Weber – He has a goal in both games so far this series. If he can score a goal or two tonight, the Predators will likely take a 2-1 series lead.

Mike Fisher – Fisher has tallied four points (2G, 2A) in two playoff games so far, which averages out to be two points per game. If he could pick up two more points tonight, I am almost certain the Predators would walk away with the win.

Pekka Rinne – He wasn’t bad last game, but he wasn’t exactly stellar. If he can keep the Ducks to two goals or less tonight, the Predators will have a very good shot at winning.

Prediction

Ducks – 3 / Predators – 1

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