Round 3 Game #1
Friday, May 12th, 6:00 PM PDT
TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Radio: KSPN 710, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: On The Forecheck
Anaheim is back in the Western Conference Final for the fifth time in franchise history (2nd in 3 years). After a hard fought series with the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim has no time to rest on the laurels with just a single day in-between games. While Nashville does have the benefit of rest, the Ducks can carry the momentum from breaking thier Game 7 curse into the start of this series. The Ducks will get a chance to avenge their 2016 first-round exit at the hands of these same Predators.
Nashville is a talented team, and there really shouldn’t be that many people surprised that they’ve made it this far. A strong top-6 forward group, the best blueline in the NHL, and a white-hot goaltender helped them complete the first two rounds in just 10 games. And with Nashville playing in their first conference finals in franchise history, you can be damn sure that this team is excited and hungry.
For the Ducks, the captain continues to lead the way. Ryan Getzlaf currently leads the Conn Smythe race alongside Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Getzlaf’s continued production this round will be key to pushing the Ducks into the finals. Other stars like Jakob Silfverberg, Corey Perry, and Rickard Rakell have all been timely contributors throughout the first two rounds. And, with possibly the second best group of defenders in the league, Anaheim looks strong heading into the third round. I would not be surprised in the slightest if this series goes the distance, and Anaheim can certainly feel more confident if it does considering their Game 7 win against the Oilers.
8 wins down, 8 more to go. Let’s go Ducks!!!