Models of consistency: How the Predators, Ducks were built


The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators meet in game six of the National Hockey League western conference finals Monday at the Bridgestone Arena.

Pekka Rinne - Nashville's netminder delivered a strong performance, stopping 31 of 32 shots, in a 3-1 Game Five win at Anaheim.

LINE HISTORY: Oddsmakers opened the Predators as -140 favorites to advance to their first Stanley Cup Finals in team history and they have been bet up slightly to -145. Rickard Rickell and Patrick Eaves did not make the trip to Nashville and will miss game six. Pontus Aberg's first career Stanley Cup playoff goal counted as the victor.

Betting line: The Predators opened as -140 favorites (wager $140 to win $100); the total is at five goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.

Aberg scored his first career playoff goal with 8:59 to play, and the Predators moved to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks to take a 3-2 series lead Saturday night. Through it all, left winger Filip Forsberg has set the table.

The screams and chants filled the streets of downtown Nashville after the Predators scored the winning goal Saturday night.

Heading into the game, the question was whether the Predators could win without Ryan Johansen, who had undergone surgery after getting hurt in the previous game.

Anaheim took a 1-0 lead on Wagner's second goal of the playoffs at 12:46 of the second period.

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"And then we'll make a decision based off that". So, but you're right, I think when it comes down to these games, I think you're going to have your best games from our best players because that's what they do. He had registered only one assist in eight games this postseason and appeared in only 15 career regular-season games.

The Predators played their first game without Johansen (13 points in 14 playoff games), who suffered a season-ending thigh injury in Game 4 on Thursday.

Ducks goalie John Gibson, meanwhile, has been deemed questionable for Monday's showdown with the Preds thanks to a lower-body injury of his own.

Colin Wilson tied the game with just 41 seconds remaining in the second frame. "Obviously they have a major injury themselves, but we've got a couple of guys that are very key players for us as well".

Poile says rapid diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent complications and Johansen's symptoms began soon after Game 4.

"As a result, he had no permanent injury to his muscle, nerves or blood vessels and we expect a full and complete recovery", Poile said. "It is one game at a time, but we know that our next win puts us into contention for the Stanley Cup". We'll get ourselves ready.

"This year, the travel's been a lot better for us. We've won in that building before, so it doesn't really matter where we go".