Friday, Apr 15, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT
While counting down until puck drop, three quick keys to tonight's game:
- The Ducks are going to be desperate, so the Preds need to play a disciplined, defensively responsible game and wait for Anaheim to make a mistake upon which they can capitalize.
- I want to see Jerred Smithson, Ryan Suter & Shea Weber out there for as many defensive-zone draws as possible. If Randy Carlyle wants to shield the Getzlaf line from them, that's great, because RPG is sitting on the bench. If not, let Smitty dominate Baldilocks on the dot.
- Lots of shots and "net presence" on whichever goaltender starts for Anaheim.