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Ducks vs Preds PREVIEW: Not Game 7

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Game #66

Nashville Predators @ Anaheim Ducks

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 7:00PM PST

Honda Center

TV: PRIME

Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com

Your Enemy: On The Forecheck


The subtle, yet hated rival from Nashville comes into the Pond for the first time this calendar year. Both clubs are coming off of games on the losing side. The Preds fell to Chicago in a spirited battle out in the Music City by a score of 5-3. As for the Ducks, you know the story to their loss: Inconsistent.

In speaking of inconsistent, that describes the two games played with these teams all the way back in 2016. Both times the home team ran the other out of the building, with the Ducks winning 6-1 and then it was Nashville’s turn as they devoured Anaheim 5-0. Maybe this streak continues? One can only hope.

It certainly won’t continue if the Ducks forget there’s three periods of hockey again. If you sleep on anyone, you’ll lose. Unless you’re playing Colorado. Couldn’t help it. With someone as hot as Filip Forsberg, (4 G, 3 A, +3 in the last five games) I would hope the Ducks are alert, but thanks to players who won’t be named (#2), you can never be sure.

Believe it or not, Forsberg sits second in points for Nashville at 50. Ryan Johansen only has him by a single point, at 51. Patrick Eaves has been fun to watch as he has potted two goals in his first three games as a Duck. Bernier should get the nod unless Gibby springs up and saves us.

It’s time for the Ducks to wake up. They are capable of so much more, and with Edmonton up in second and the red hot Flames nipping at the Ducks’ heels, it is time they stepped it up. They can do it, it’s just a sad question of will they do it.

Let’s Go Ducks.