Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators (Series tied 2-2)
Not only did the Predators lose Game Four and the chance to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Final, but they also lost their leading point-producer, Ryan Johansen, to injury. He is out for the remainder of the post-season.
That means things will be easier for the Ducks, no longer having to deal with the top centre on the opposing team, but they still have to be mindful of James Neal and Filip Forsberg, who are more than capable of compensating for the loss of a key contributor. Nashville has a bevy of offensive players on the blue line, as well.
For Anaheim, the key will be to control the play as they were able to do in long stretches of both game played in Nashville. Their offensive pressure exposed the weaknesses in Pekka Rinne’s technical game over the last few games, and they will surely have factored that into their game plan for tonight.
Puck Drop is at 7:15 PM EDT / 4:15 PM PDT
How to watch
Canada (English): CBC
Canada (French): TVA Sports
In the USA: NBC
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre Ice
Live stream in the USA: NBC Sports (cable subscription required)
Live stream in Canada: CBC Sports