Nashville Predators @ Anaheim Ducks Game 5 Preview: Same Old Story?

CHICAGO - APRIL 24: Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores the game-winning goal in overtime as Pekka Rinne #35 and Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators dive to try and stop the puck in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Predators 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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9:00 PM CT | TV: FSTN (HD) | Radio: 102.9 The Buzz

Tell me if you heard this before: The Predators, in a playoff series, stole game 1 on the road, 4-1, went up 2-1 in the series, with a convincing win at home, but came out flat in their chance to go up 3-1. Sound familiar? It should. The Predators face a second consecutive road Game 5, and yet another chance to steal back home ice advantage. But we all know what happened last time. It still leaves a bad taste in the mouth of Predators fans everywhere. 

But this is a new year and a new series against a new team. Sure, game 4 hurt. It hurt bad. But that was two days ago. Tonight is a new game. Let's just hope they got all of the sloppy play out of their system in that third period.

The two keys to this game go hand in hand: Stay out of the penalty box, and don't give up early goals. In both losses, the Predators took early penalties, and the Ducks were able to capitalize. An interesting tidbit about the series from ESPN.com: "The team that has scored first has also scored second and won every game in the series."

The second story of note is, obviously, the Jarko Ruutu/Martin Erat incident. Ruutu clearly targeted Erat with a late hit in Game 4, and was subsequently suspended for tonight's contest. However, Ruutu was a healthy scratch for Games 2 and 3, and did not see significant ice time even in the games he did appear in. However, the big news here is on the Nashville side. Martin Erat will not make the trip with the team to Anaheim, leaving head coach Barry Trotz with a big decision lineup-wise.

These games are as big as they get for the Nashville Predators. Win, and you force Anaheim to win two in a row to win the series. Lose, and, well, we all know. If the Predators want to make history, now is the time.

Projected Lineups:

Anaheim:

Anaheim will be getting Bobby Ryan back after he served a two game suspension for stomping on the foot of Jonathan Blum. And as noted above, they will be without Jarkko Ruutu.


Ray Emery

#29 / Goalie / Anaheim Ducks

6-2

196

Sep 28, 1982

GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Ray Emery 10 527 7 2 20 2.28 272 252 .926 0


Ryan - Getzlaf - Perry
Blake - Koivu - Selanne
Beleskey - Bonino - Winchester
McMillan - Chipchura - Parros

Visnovsky - Lydman
Fowler - Brookbank
Beauchemin - Sbisa

 

Nashville:

The choices to replace Martin Erat are Colin Wilson, JP Dumont, and Cal O'Reilly. However, I doubt we'll see O'Reilly except in an emergency situation. I see Sullivan moving up to Erat's place, and putting Wilson or Dumont on the 4th line.


Pekka Rinne

#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators

6-5

207

Nov 03, 1982



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Pekka Rinne 64 3789 33 22 134 2.12 1905 1771 .930 6


Sullivan - Legwand - Ward
Kostitsyn - Fisher - Hornqvist
Spaling - Smithson - Tootoo
Wilson/Dumont - Geoffrion - Halischuk

Suter - Weber
Blum - Klein
O'Brien - Franson

Watch-party and other information:

From the Predators:

Nashville, Tenn. (April 20, 2011) - When the Nashville Predators face off against the Ducks in a crucial Western Conference Quarterfinals matchup this Friday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, local fans will have several locations where they can gather for official Game Five watch parties.

Fans in the Brentwood and Franklin area can head to Brewhouse South (1885 Galleria Blvd, Franklin) to catch the game; Green Hills residents can congregate at Crow's Nest (2221 Bandywood Dr, Nashville); East Nashville supporters are invited to Village Pub and Beer Garden (1308 McGavock Pk, Nashville); and those in the Downtown area can head to Bailey's (408 Broadway, Nashville) to catch all the action. Predators' staffers will be making stops at each location with a limited amount of Predators swag and prizes for several lucky fans.

Brewhouse South will also play host to fans from Section303.com, the self-described rowdiest fans and section in Smashville. Fans looking for a little extra excitement and crowd chanting in their watch party experience should head to Brewhouse South to join in on the fun.

And a note about another Preds' Pride Day:

After last week's successful Preds Playoff Pride Day - in which fans, businesses and even statues were decked out in Predators apparel to show support for the team's playoff run - a sequel has been instituted and will coincide with Game Five festivities. The team is once again calling on all residents of Smashville to show their support by donning their favorite Predswear this Friday. Jerseys, hats, t-shirts, face paint and playoff beards are all acceptable forms of attire for Preds Playoff Pride Day (part two).

TV Listings for Game 5

 State  City  Provider  SD Channel   HD Channel 
 DirecTV 644 644-1
 Dish Network 445 9515
 Tennessee  Chattanooga   Comcast Cable 33 401
 Chattanooga  Electric Power Board of Chattanooga  34 334
 Knoxville  Knology 31 986
 Knoxville  Charter 33 810
 Knoxville  Comcast Cable 19 401
 Memphis  AT&T Uverse 725 1725
 Memphis  Comcast Cable 25 830
 Memphis  Millington 45 549
 Nashville  AT&T Uverse 725 1725
 Nashville  Charter 33 N/A
 Nashville  Comcast Cable 28 295
 Tri-Cities  Charter 33 N/A
 Tri-Cities  BVU 28
 Alabama  Huntsville  Comcast Cable 57 402
 Huntsville  Mediacom 29 832
 Huntsville  Knology 29 986
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