NHL playoff preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators – game 5
Matchup – Predators (44-27-11) @ Ducks (47-30-5)
TV – TSN, RIS (HD), Prime Ticket (HD), FS-Ten (HD), Versus
Puck drop – 7:00 PT, 10:00 ET
Season series – Predators won 3-1
Series score – Tied at two wins each
Projected starting goalies - Pekka Rinne (NSH) vs. Ray Emery (ANA)
Here are the projected lines for the Ducks.
** Returns from suspension
Bobby Ryan ** – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Jason Blake – Saku Koivu – Teemu Selanne
Matt Beleskey – Brandon MacMillan – Brad Winchester
Andy Sutton – Todd Marchant – George Parros
Expected scratches: Dan Sexton, Kyle Chipchura, Nick Deschamps, Josh Green, Peter Holland, Patrick Maroon, Kyle Palmieri, & Jarkko Ruutu due to suspension.
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 – When you tally eight points (2G, 6A) in four playoff games, you kind of have to be on the list.
Teemu Selanne – Five goals, four games. Enough said.
Cam Fowler – He has four points (1G, 3A) and a +3 rating through just four games, meanwhile playing big minutes.
Predators to watch out for:
Sergei Kostitsyn – He is arguably their best, and most skilled, forward. If the Predators come away with a victory, he will likely be a large part of it.
Joel Ward – He is one of the most underrated players in the league. He brings it on both ends of the ice, and will need to do so tonight.
Pekka Rinne – Rinne needs to bounce back after a rough performance Wednesday. If the Predators want to win tonight in Anaheim, he will need to be on his ‘A’ game.
Ducks – 4 / Predators – 2