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Predators excited for Game 7 vs. Ducks

Nashville plays first in its history against Anaheim on Wednesday

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

NASHVILLE -- In their 17 seasons in the NHL, the Nashville Predators have experienced so much: their first game, their first playoff game, the 2016 All-Star Game. They have made the playoffs nine times and filled Bridgestone Arena with Predators gold, that rich yellow color on all those replica jerseys and rally towels.

But among the things they have not experienced is one of the biggest thrills in hockey: Game 7.

Finally, they will have their chance.

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Ducks ready for another Game 7, will host Predators

Anaheim has been eliminated from playoffs at home each of past three years

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Anaheim Ducks will play a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center for the fourth consecutive season when they host the Nashville Predators in their Western Conference First Round series on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

The Ducks have been eliminated in a Game 7 in each of the past three postseasons. They lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round in 2013, the Los Angeles Kings in the second round in 2014 and the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Western Conference Final.

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Instant analysis: Predators vs. Ducks, Game 6

Rinne, Nashville limit Anaheim's chances, force Game 7

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series Monday at Bridgestone Arena 3-1, tying the best-of-7 series 3-3.

Mattias Ekholm and James Neal scored in the second period for Nashville. Ryan Kesler scored a power-play goal late in the period for Anaheim, but the Predators shut out the Ducks in the third. Nashville captain Shea Weber scored an empty-netter with 10 seconds remaining with the fans cheering and waving their gold rally towels.

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Rinne, Predators defeat Ducks to stay alive

Goalie makes 26 saves to help force Game 7 in Anaheim on Wednesday

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series at Bridgestone Arena on Monday to force the first Game 7 in their history.

Mattias Ekholm, James Neal and Shea Weber scored for Nashville, which got 26 saves from Pekka Rinne.

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Five keys for Predators vs. Ducks, Game 6

Kesler's role against Johansen, special teams among factors to watch

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

NASHVILLE -- The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators play Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series Monday at Bridgestone Arena (8 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN, FS-TN, FS-W). The Ducks lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Here are five keys for Game 6:

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Ducks unconcerned with past, focus on Game 6

Anaheim visits Nashville, not focusing on failing to close out series in each of past three seasons

by Shawn P. Roarke NHL.com Director of Editorial / @sroarke_nhl

ANAHEIM -- When the Anaheim Ducks prepare for Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Monday (8 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports, FS-TN, FS-W), they face a question of how to approach the game mentally holding a 3-2 series lead.

Do they treat it as a must-win game and the belief that it's the final chance to knock the Predators out of the best-of-7 series or do they take solace in the fact that there is the safety net of a Game 7, if necessary?

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Ducks taking aggressive approach to Game 6

Anaheim planning to push hard to close series against Nashville

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 6: DUCKS at PREDATORS

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.

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Predators may get Smith back for Game 6

Injured forward skates Sunday; Nashville facing elimination against Anaheim

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE - The Nashville Predators are facing elimination in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena Monday (8 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN, FS-W, FS-TN), but help could be on the way.

Nashville forward Craig Smith, who had 21 goals in the regular season and scored in a Game 2 victory, skated Sunday and the Predators are hoping he can return to the lineup. Smith hasn't played since leaving in the first period of Game 3 with a lower-body injury. 

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