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First Round Matchup: Ducks vs Predators

The Pacific-winning Anaheim Ducks come into this series against a tough wild card winning Predators team. The Preds have had a fantastic end to the season. They’ve played extremely well, and landing themselves a playoff berth, landing a wild card spot.

Anaheim will hold home ice advantage in the series.


Broadcast Schedule:

G1 Fri. April 15 Nashville @ Anaheim, 10:30PM ET CBC

G2 Sun. April 17 Nashville @ Anaheim, 10:30PM ET SN

G3 Tues. April 19 Anaheim @ Nashville, 9:30PM ET SN360

G4 Thurs. April 21 Anaheim @ Nashville, 9:30PM ET FX

G5 Sat. April 23 Nashville @ Anaheim, TBD

G6 Mon. April 25 Anaheim @ Nashville, TBD

G7 Wed. April 27 Nashville @ Anaheim, TBD


ADVANCED STATS:
Anaheim: 5on5CF% – 52.5; 5on5Sv% – .922; 5on5Sh% – 6.6; PDO = 98.8
Nashville: 5on5CF% – 52.5; 5on5Sv% – .922; 5on5Sh% – 7.26; PDO = 99.5
(via stats.hockeyanalysis.com)


Anaheim Ducks

  • 1st in the Pacific
  • 2nd in the Western Conference
  • 46-25-11

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The Ducks were led this year by the duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. This team was solid left, right, and center. Their only team stat that was mediocre was their GPG (goals per game), it was 16th around the league, averaging 2.63. Their GAA (goals against average) however, was outstanding. Their goaltending tandem of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson helped get grab 1st in team GAA, with 2.32. The Ducks both powerplay, and penalty kill were outstanding also, being 1st in the league. Their powerplay at 23.4% and penalty kill at 87.1%.

GPG – 16th in the league, 2.63

GAA – 1st in the league, 2.32

PP PCT – 1st in the league, 23.4%

PK PCT – 1st in the league, 87.1%

Nashville Predators

  • 4th in the Central
  • 7th in the Western Conference
  • 41-27-14

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This team had an outstanding run during the final two months of the regular season. It had gone unnoticed there for awhile, but no more will it. They landed themselves a spot in the playoffs, with a strong defensive core, stronger goaltending and an improving offense. The addition of Ryan Johansen was a huge part of this Predators push to the playoffs. They ended up 12th around the league in GPG, with 2.73. Their GAA stat was pretty much around the same standing wise, ending up 14th, with 2.60. Their powerplay this year was top-10 around the league, finishing 10th, at 19.7%. Their penalty kill was 16th, at 81.2%.

GPG – 12th in the league, 2.73

GAA – 14th in the league, 2.60

PP PCT – 10th in the league, 19.7%

PK PCT – 16th in the league, 81.2%

Head-to-head
Anaheim: 1-2-0
Nashville: 2-1-0


Leaders:

Anaheim:

Goals: Corey Perry – 33

Assists: Ryan Getzlaf – 50

Plus/Minus: Ryan Getzlaf – +13

Powerplay Goals: Corey Perry – 12

Goalie Wins: Frederik Andersen – 21

Goalie Save %: John Gibson – .920

Nashville:

Goals: Filip Forsberg – 33

Assists: Roman Josi – 47

Plus/Minus: James Neal – +27

Powerplay Goals: Shea Weber – 14

Goalie Wins: Pekka Rinne – 34

Goalie Save %: Carter Hutton – .918

Key Injuries:

Anaheim:

  • John Gibson – Lower-body, day-to-day
  • Ryan Kesler – Lower-body, day-to-day
  • Rickard Rakell – Illness, day-to-day
  • Kevin Bieksa – Upper-body, day-to-day
  • David Perron – Shoulder, day-to-day

Nashville:

  • Miikka Salomaki – Lower-body, day-to-day

Coleton MacDonald
The Founder of Weliveforhockey.com
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