Ducks still without Rakell, Eaves for Game 6

A themes i noticed when they have less shots on goal they win.

The Ducks are dealing with injuries as well. Anaheim did not dress C Rickard Rakell, D Korbinian Holzer, RW Patrick Eaves, C Logan Shaw, D Shea Theodore, C Sam Carrick and G Jhonas Enroth.

"Yeah, that's what playoffs are about", said Cogliano.

The Ducks style in the NHL Playoffs 2017, may be over since they lost game five at home.

The Ducks also need to remember, and draw from their experience of comebacks. "So it's huge for us to have him back there". Oh... and Anaheim is 2-0 when facing elimination this playoff season. Not really, it shouldn't change the Ducks gameplan at all. However, the Predators have been the better team in this series overall and one could argue they've been the best team throughout these entire playoffs. Johansen suffered a thigh injury that required surgery and will keep him out for 2-3 months while Fisher appeared to be injured after a run-in with Josh Manson in front of the Anaheim net in Game Four.

Both players spent the majority of the season in the American Hockey League with the Predators' affiliate in Milwaukee. "We're not going to hang our head with doom and gloom".

Based on the crowd of fans that was waiting for the Predators at the airport on Sunday, the Ducks are heading into hostile territory. "So it's something we're focused on, but it's just about that next game and getting the next win". A pattern has developed in this series.

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One more loss and the Anaheim Ducks will have until September to rest. "And not having to do any more travel immediately would be, I think it would be a benefit for our team". Bridgestone Arena will kick it up another notch.

Anaheim had fewer than 48 hours from the point it won Game 7 against Edmonton (a series that included one-way flights of 1,378 miles) before it was back on the ice. TV coverage is on NBCSN with Kenny Albert on the call. Johansen was hurt at an unspecified point in the Ducks' 3-2 overtime victory Thursday in Game 4, which evened a tense, physical series. Stub Hub has tickets as high as $1500 a seat! Aberg eventually returned later in the third period, just in time for Nashvilles empty-netter. Nic Kerdiles moved into the Anaheim lineup with Rakell out for Game Five.

Eaves will miss his 10th consecutive game. Not sure if Ottawa can come back on that one...

"I just tried to bring my game out there", said Aberg.

Rinne and the Predators had been unbeaten at home until then, and his shaky effort in the last game there proves he is not invincible. SlapShot Radio is the longest running hockey show in the mid-south and Pete Weber and I bring you the best in hockey talk all playoffs long.

The fact that we haven't heard of Aberg sooner is due more to the Predator's depth than the Swede's ability to be a difference-maker in the National Hockey League.

  • Lawrence Cooper