Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators - 5/20/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators - 5/20/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

High winds howled through the streets of downtown Nashville Thursday, where the official city bird is the construction crane.

Either way, it was crisis averted for the Ducks, who go home with the best-of-seven Western Conference series tied at two rather than down 3-1. Anaheim gave up a two-goal lead in the third period, but still had enough in the tank to defeat Nashville Predators 3-2 in overtime.

Forsberg tied it up with his third goal in as many games.

Merle Haggard did not have the Predators in mind when he sang, "Are we rolling downhill like a snowball headed for hell?", but Music City's team is playing that way.

Defenseman Mattias Ekholm said the team feels comfortable on home ice.

The fun thing about roller coasters is that they go up. Their defensemen are picking you up at the red line. "You can't change it, you just have to keep giving the effort".

Top 20 named: The "Great One" thinks the 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers are the greatest team he played on, but there's no shortage of debate over whether that's the best team of all-time. Nashville also had an advantage in hits and faceoffs won in Game 3. Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Seth Jones used to play here. Perry now has three game-winning overtime goals in the playoffs.

Then again, he probably would have liked if his teammates had mustered more than just two shots on the Ducks' net in the first period. "I can't say enough about the way we came in here after that third period". In the likely case this does happen the Predators will need Pekka Rinne and the players in front of him to stand strong and slowly shift momentum back their way. Then the Predators got the rebound and scored. Instead of backing off, Nashville continued attacking.

But the Predators took the next 11 shots and outshot Anaheim 40-20 for the game.

The Anaheim Ducks look for another victory here to move one game away from their first NHL Final since 2006-07. Each, in fact, closed it out in the Game 6.

Predators head coach Peter Laviolette said after the game Fisher was still being evaluated. "We worked hard and got back into the game and it felt good to get that second goal at the end". "They were quicker. They were first everywhere, more physical and that usually dictates the play". Nashville's power-play goal was the first in 12 attempts in the series. St. Louis had been the No. 1 team in the league since February. Subban, who minutes earlier had served a two-minute penalty for an elbow of Rakell, scored his second of this postseason with a goal at the 13:33 mark of the third period.

Still, Cup fever had infected all corners of Nashville, with one exception.

Coming into Thursday night's contest, 36.7 percent of the Predators' points this postseason had come from their defense. Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum and Vince Gill have all taken their turn as well.

"I don't know if there's magic here or not", James Neal said.

No such problems exist in Anaheim, where Dawn Wright has become a staple.

And if you're one of those fans who looks for reasons why their favourite team is losing, please know that Kelly Clarkson's fantastic anthem before the game is not the reason why Nashville lost.

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