NHL playoff preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators – game 6

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

TV – TSN, RIS (HD), Prime Ticket (HD), SPSO

Puck drop – 3:00 PT, 6:00 ET

Season series – Predators won 3-1

Series score – Predators lead 3-2

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

Here are the projected lines for the Ducks.

Forwards

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.

Defense

Lubomir Visnovsky – Toni Lydman

Francois Beauchemin – Cam Fowler

Luca Sbisa – Sheldon Brookbank

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

Ducks to watch out for:

Teemu Selanne – He has been down this road many times before, look for him to come out flying tonight.

Corey Perry – He wasn’t bad in game five, but he wasn’t exactly himself. He needs to put together a good game tonight.

Ray Emery – He needs to be on his game tonight, because if he allows a weak goal or two the Ducks will be in deep trouble.

Predators to watch out for:

Shea Weber & Ryan Suter – You can bet that Weber and Suter will be matched up against the Ducks top line all night long. If they can shut them down, the Preds will likely win, but if they can’t shut down the Ducks top line, it will be the Predators who are in trouble.

Joel Ward – He has performed well all series long. Another solid two-way performance would likely be enough to send the Ducks golfing.

Pekka Rinne – There is a lot of pressure on him tonight. If he performs well the Predators will likely win, but if he doesn’t, they will be heading back to Anaheim for a game seven. Rinne doesn’t want that, and it is up to him to prevent it from happening.

Prediction

Ducks – 4 / Predators – 3

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