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Ducks taking aggressive approach to Game 6

Anaheim planning to push hard to close series against Nashville

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent


Western Conference First Round

Ducks lead best-of-7 series 3-2

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS-W, FS-TN, CNBC, TVA Sports, SN

NASHVILLE -- The Anaheim Ducks are treating Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Monday as a must-win.

The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

"This is our Game 7," Ducks forward Ryan Kesler said. "We're taking it as a Game 7. We have to put our best foot forward because we're going to get their best foot."

Predators forward Craig Smith was on the ice for the morning skate after he practiced Sunday, but it's unclear if he will play in Game 6. He has not played since sustaining a lower-body injury in the first period of Game 3.

"Obviously he's a great asset for us with his speed and skill," Predators captain Shea Weber said. "I have no idea where he's at so hopefully he's close and hopefully he's ready."

The Predators have had a hard time solving Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen, who is 3-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage since he entered the series in Game 3. The Predators want to create more traffic in front of him to try and break through offensively.

"It's hard to find the lanes and the shots," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "I think we did a better job of it. We need to get people at the net. But last game I thought we did a better job of it. There's still more opportunities where I felt like we could've scored and could've pressed. It'd be great if we can continue to get better at that."

Video: NSH@ANA, Gm5: Vatanen beats Rinne on breakaway

Here are the projected lineups:


David Perron - Ryan Getzlaf - Ryan Garbutt

Nate Thompson - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Jamie McGinn - Shawn Horcoff - Chris Stewart

Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm - Sami Vatanen

Simon Despres - Shea Theodore

Frederik Andersen

John Gibson

Injured: Josh Manson (upper body), Clayton Stoner (undisclosed), Brandon Pirri (upper body)

Scratched: Chris Wagner, Mike Santorelli, Korbinian Holzer


Calle Jarnkrok - Ryan Johansen - James Neal

Filip Forsberg - Mike Ribeiro - Colton Sissons

Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Viktor Arvidsson

Miikka Salomaki - Paul Gaustad - Cody Bass

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis

Barret Jackman - Anthony Bitetto

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton

Injured: Craig Smith (lower body), Gabriel Bourque (upper body)

Scratched: Eric Nystrom, Austin Watson, Petter Granberg

Status report: Andersen was the first goaltender off of the ice at the morning skate and is expected to start. …  Rinne is expected to start for the Predators. … Smith took line rushes along with several others on the second line.

Who's hot: Getzlaf has two goals and three assists in the series and leads the Ducks with five points. … Wilson has one goal and three assists in the series and leads the Predators with four points

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