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Ducks will play Predators in Western Conference Final

Nashville defeated Anaheim in first round of playoffs last season

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The Anaheim Ducks reached the Western Conference Final for the second time in three seasons and will play the Nashville Predators.

Anaheim defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in Game 7 on Wednesday to end that second-round series.

Nashville defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-1 in Game 6 on Sunday to end that second-round series.

The Ducks, who finished first in the Pacific Division, will have home-ice advantage against the Predators, who were the second wild card after finishing fourth in the Central Division. Anaheim had 105 points; Nashville had 94.

Game 1 is at Honda Center on Friday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Anaheim lost the 2015 conference final to the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games.

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Nashville, which will be playing in the conference final for the first time, eliminated Anaheim in a seven-game, first-round series last season. The Predators also defeated the Ducks in six games in the 2011 conference quarterfinals.

The Ducks, who swept the Calgary Flames in the first round, are led by forwards Ryan Getzlaf (eight goals, seven assists), Jakob Silfverberg (seven goals, four assists) and Rickard Rakell (six goals, four assists). John Gibson is 7-3 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

The Predators, who swept the Blackhawks in the first round, are led by defensemen Ryan Ellis (four goals, five assists) and Roman Josi (four goals, four assists), and forwards Ryan Johansen (two goals, seven assists) and Filip Forsberg (three goals, five assists). Pekka Rinne is 8-2 with a 1.37 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and two shutouts.

The Ducks won two of three games against the Predators during the regular season.

Silfverberg and Nick Ritchie each scored two goals, and Getzlaf had one goal and two assists for Anaheim. Gibson was 1-1-0 with a 3.09 GAA and .894 save percentage. Jonathan Bernier was 1-0-0, allowing four goals on 36 shots.

Forsberg, Ellis, James Neal and Colin Wilson each scored two goals for Nashville. Rinne was 1-1-1 with a 2.63 GAA, .919 save percentage and one shutout.

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