Predators looking to clinch series on home ice Monday


Teammates celebrate with Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) after defeating the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 20, 2017. He was actually taking into concussion protocol after the goal was scored.

But if the Anaheim Ducks goalie cannot play in Game 6, head coach Randy Caryle has full confidence that back-up Jonathan Bernier can come in and get the job done.

Josh Manson - Anaheim's hard-hitting blueliner had poor possession numbers (13 for, 24 against, 35.1 CF%, 9-12 scoring chances) and was on for a goal against in a 3-1 Game Three loss to Nashville.

Both stayed back in Orange County with lower-body injuries. He hadn't missed a game since joining the Predators in a trade with Columbus in January 2016.

The Stanley Cup playoffs often make heroes out of lesser lights, and Aberg continues that legacy.

Viktor Arvidsson was exactly that from the minute the regular season started, and he wound up tying for the team lead in goals, with 31 in the regular season.

And the fans who continued to pack Bridgestone Arena through the years of expansion and threats of relocation and aborted playoff runs will want to celebrate. "For a guy like Pontus, it a matter of stepping up when it is your time to produce". I thought he played really well for us.

The Ducks have been a resilient team so far in the playoffs, whether it has been when behind in games or trailing in a series.

"Peter is such a great motivator", Fiddler said.

"So we come out and we play a nice clean road game and the crowd will be energized".

They're also determined not to allow his absence to stop their quest for their first berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

Yet Forsberg, now sporting hastily sewn stitches across the bridge of his nose from a cut he received at some point during Game 2, has evolved into more than an offensive weapon.

"For us, obviously our season's on the line", said Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano. Anaheim needs to be more physical with the Nashville defense and reduce the amount of time they have.

Wagner said that despite the injuries to Rakell and Gibson, his team did not give the necessary effort to gain control of the series. Pressed to explain his thought, he said, "I just think there's times where we fight through a lot".

Two days later, the Predators took a 2-1 lead.

After Colin Wilson scored the tying power-play goal late in the second period for the Predators, Aberg went flying when he stretched out to guide home Forsberg's rebound for the tiebreaker. A shot from the point courtesy of P.K. Subban got knocked down before it could find the back of the net, but Wilson was camped out in front of the net to capitalize.