NHL playoff preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators – game 4

Selanne called the Ducks out after their game three loss, it will be interesting to see how they respond tonight.

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

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

Puck drop – 5:30 PT, 8:30 ET

Season series – Predators won 3-1

Series score – Predators lead 2-1

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

Here are the projected lines for the Ducks.

Forwards

Kyle Palmieri – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry

Jason Blake – Saku Koivu – Teemu Selanne

Matt Beleskey – 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:

Corey Perry – He led the league in goals during the regular season with 50, and is tied for 2nd in the playoffs with five points in three games.

Teemu Selanne – He has four goals in the three playoff games he has played to date. If can tally a goal or two tonight, the Ducks will likely win.

Ray Emery – Though he allowed four goals last game, I felt he played pretty well. If he doesn’t play well tonight and the Ducks lose their second consecutive game, he could be sitting on the bench for game five.

Predators to watch out for:

Mike Fisher  – He is currently tied with Corey Perry – among others – for second in playoff scoring.

Shea Weber & Ryan Suter – They will be matched up against Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf all night long. If they can shut them down, the Predators will likely be heading to Anaheim with a 3-1 series lead.

Pekka Rinne – As always, he makes my list. The Predators will go as far as Rinne takes them, so if he doesn’t play well tonight, the Predators will be in trouble.

Prediction

Ducks – 4 / Predators – 2

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