Anaheim Ducks @ Nashville Predators Preview, Game 6: This Is It
Do. Or do not. There is no "try".
The Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks just need to keep doing what they're doing. They've already swept both games here in Nashville, so I don't expect they'll be rattled by our GOLD and loud noises and Tim McGraw appearances. They don't have to be afraid of taking down a player when the Preds actually do get a good scoring chance because they're killing every single penalty, and they're doing it easily. Sometimes with help:
C’Mon Ref: Arvidsson was not guilty of embellishment - TSN
But they're doing pretty ok without the refs too.
There are the Game 7s but the #NHLDucks also have the mental hurdle that has become their recent Game 6s. https://t.co/HOotAJXECW— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) April 25, 2016
Yeah, the Ducks are chokers, so we have that going for us. Maybe since we've choked away a 2-0 lead the Ducks' choking will take over and they'll choke away two of their own? Fingers crossed.
The Nashville Predators
I like Craig Smith and all, but I never would've imagined that he was the glue that held this entire roster together. If he is, we might have an encouraging sign. I have to think if there's any way at all that he can go tonight, he will.
Preds forward Craig Smith skating today. Looks healthy. Still listed day to day. pic.twitter.com/80sqkiezZr— John Glennon (@glennonsports) April 24, 2016
As for the other guys, DO SOMETHING. It's a problem that Cody Bass has outplayed several of the forwards on this roster. And we've said it here before, but 1 for 22 on the power play is totally unacceptable. Of course, they had fewer chances to fail with the man advantage on Saturday because they only drew 3 penalties to the Ducks' 7. That's got to be flipped tonight AND the Preds need to cash in. Probably more than once. Also, and I'm pretty sure you can't game-plan this, but the Preds need a freaking bounce to go their way. Something like this:
Your top Freddie Andersen moment of the season... Gives up a goal to James Neal from center ice. #Preds #ANAvsNSH pic.twitter.com/5WQeHZM2VY— Thomas Willis (@TomAWillis) April 19, 2016
Or hell, even like this:
Ducks tied it up at 1-1 just moments after Johansen’s goal #Preds #NHLDucks. Deflection/pop up goes in: pic.twitter.com/njP2gr98ov— Mark Harris (@MCHisTweeting) April 23, 2016
Despite all of this and all I've seen the past three games (and likely a pinch of delusion and a heaping helping of mental illness), I BELIEVE the Preds can win this game. Do they? We'll see in a few hours.
See I was on the verge of breaking down
Sometimes silence can seem so loud
There are miracles in life I must achieve
But first I know it starts inside of me
Where to Watch
7:00 PM CST puck drop from The Bridge. The game will be on FS-TN locally and CNBC (in the United States) nationally. Local radio: 102.5 The Game.