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Ultimate Test Awaits Ducks Tonight in Do-or-Die Game 6

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

NASHVILLE -- It's going to be intense, it's going to be emotional and it's going to be nerve wracking. But despite everything that comes with a do-or-die scenario - in this case, Game 6 of the Western Conference Final - there will be a man who will show unwavering poise in the face of adversity: Randy Carlyle.

Anaheim's head coach has been through this before, and he says it's times like these when he and his assistant coaches need to lead by example.

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Sense of Calmness Among Ducks as They Prepare for Game 4 in Nashville

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

NASHVILLE -- On the morning of a crucial swing game in the Western Conference Final, there was an enduring sense of calmness within the Ducks locker room. There hasn't been any panic within these walls at any point during the playoffs, and there certainly isn't any now.

With that being said, this isn't a must-win game by any means, but it is one they could really use as the series shifts to Honda Center for Game 5 on Saturday. It takes four victories to win a series, and the Nashville Predators are halfway there. If the second round was any indication, the Ducks are still very much alive in this series. A win tonight would give them a split through four games and bring home ice advantage back into the equation, and a best-of-seven series suddenly turns into a best of three.

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Kesler, Ducks Eager to Get Game 3 Started

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

NASHVILLE -- Outside of the Ducks locker room, Ryan Kesler waited patiently, his back leaning against the wall and his hands resting comfortably behind his back.

It was a moment of solitude before a voice yelled out "Kesler!" - signaling a mad dash at the far end of the hallway. A large gathering of media converged upon the league's premier checking center, jostling for position much like the players on the ice will do later tonight.

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Business as Usual for Ducks Leading into WCF Game 1 vs. Predators

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

Just because it's the Western Conference Final doesn't mean the routine changes, at least not for the Ducks.

They went through their usual (optional) pregame skate this morning at Honda Center. John Gibson was off the ice first, one of the more clear-cut indications of the game's starter. The 23-year-old netminder enters the game with a 7-3 record in these playoffs, coupled with a 2.80 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

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Ducks Look to Forge New Path This Time Around

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The message from the players and their coach this morning was simple. Be ready for puck drop.

It might sound cliché, but it couldn't be truer. The Ducks have given up the opening goal in Game 7 in each of the last four years, and we know all how those ended. In fact, three of those came within the first five minutes and all four have been scored before the halfway point of the first period. According to the NHL, the team that scores first in Game 7 is 124-42 all-time (.747), including a 5-0 mark in 2016.

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Ducks Not Interested in Prolonging Series

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

EDMONTON -- Good morning from Rogers Place, where the Ducks wrapped up their pregame skate here in the capital of Alberta. Tonight the Ducks can eliminate the Edmonton Oilers and advance to the Western Conference Final for the second time in the last three years. At worst, this series will return to Anaheim for a do-or-die Game 7 on Wednesday evening, but the Ducks aren't interested in prolonging this series. They are here to take care of business.

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Irvine's Kerdiles Could Make Stanley Cup Playoffs Debut Tonight

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

In the hours leading up to a pivotal Game 5 here at Honda Center, Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle announced that forwards Patrick Eaves and Ondrej Kase will not play tonight. Nor will defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who skated prior to the rest of the team today. Eaves missed Game 4 on Wednesday with a lower-body injury and Kase was injured on his fourth shift that night - a lower-body ailment that needed further evaluation yesterday.

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Eaves 'Doubtful' for Game 4

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

If the Ducks are to even this series up at two games apiece, they will likely have to do so without the services of The Bearded One. Earlier today head coach Randy Carlyle announced that Patrick Eaves is "doubtful" for tonight's pivotal Game 4 at Rogers Place, as the veteran right wing is currently dealing with a lower-body injury.

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Ducks to Bring Workmanlike Approach in Game 3

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

One game at a time.

Being down 0-2 isn't insurmountable by any means, but the Ducks realistically can't afford to lose tonight if they expect to make a serious push in this best-of-seven series. They must live with the hand they've been dealt - two losses in Games 1 and 2 on home ice - and find a way to win four of the five remaining games of the series.

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Vatanen Could be an Option for Game 2

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

Could tonight mark the return of Sami Vatanen? Nothing concrete was confirmed from Vatanen himself or from his head coach earlier today, but it appears he's close. Good timing, too.

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