Tuesday's Stanley Cup Playoffs betting preview: Ducks at Predators


The visitors jumped out of the gate with a pair of goals in the eight and a half minutes.

The Nashville Predators deserved to win Game 1 of the Western Conference final, but John Gibson didn't deserve the loss for Anaheim.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette lamented his team allowing two goals within 1:39 near the end of the first and the start of the second period. However, Kessler was great down the stretch, winning 14 of 22 faceoffs in the game preventing Nashville from getting possession of the puck and tying the game late in the third period.

Anaheims Ryan Kesler was booed nearly every time he touched the puck on Tuesday night, but most of the venom during the third period was saved for referees Brad Meier and Wes McCauley, who had the audacity to disallow two Nashville goals. Forsberg has done his part so far; he leads the Predators with six goals in the playoffs. Antoine Vermette scored an empty-net goal with:44 seconds remaining in the game.

Anaheim goalie John Gibson stopped 30 shots. Through the first two games of the series, Gibson has seen Nashville fire off 79 shots on goal, the most he's seen in consecutive games all postseason. Shooting from just below the Nashville goal line, Perry's attempt bounced off Rinne's skate and slid behind the goaltender.

Ryan Kesler #17 of the Anaheim Ducks checks Viktor Arvidsson #38 of the Nashville Predators to the ice in the first period of Sunday's Game 2.

The Predators are the first National Hockey League team in 20 years to win 10 consecutive home playoff games. When the Ducks need him to make a big save in a critical situation, he has answered the call. Ritchie received an entry feed from Getzlaf and threw a wrister from a ridiculous angle that snuck above Rinne's blocker. On the whole, though, this is one he'll like to forget.

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From autumn to spring, both home and away, slow starts have been a regular theme over the past two seasons for the Ducks, who have relied to an extraordinary degree on their veteran ability to rally when it really matters. "And you wonder if 1-0 is going to do it for the night".

Ryan Johansen and James Neal scored for the Predators in the first-period. "It's not that we didn't show up and play hard, or we weren't ready to compete or ... we played good teams".

There haven't been many times during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs when things have looked bleak for the Nashville Predators at home, but forward Filip Forsberg has been there to help save the day when they have. No one has gotten to the Predators since.

"We're a confident team", Josi said.

"That's where the secondary guys have to take pride in pushing themselves to get that extra step to score goals that could be a difference".

Anaheim center Ryan Kessler has the unenviable job of shutting down the opposing team's top line. "Obviously, there's some bad blood there, and they've been competing hard and battling all series".

Although Kesler has responded himself, I have to point Mr. Johansen to a good quote from the movie Beyond the Sea. "I am just trying to go out there and play hockey and it sucks when you got to pull a stick out of your groin every shift", said Johansen of American Kesler.