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Winning playoff series next step for Predators @NHLdotcom

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators know they are playing the Anaheim Ducks. The opponent almost doesn't matter for a franchise that realizes making the postseason isn't enough.

Not anymore.

The Predators are in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons, part of select company with Montreal, San Jose and Detroit. But there are no fuzzy feelings over just being in the postseason because the Predators have yet to win a Game 6, or play in a Game 7.

Coach Barry Trotz said Sunday winning the opening series is the next step for his Predators. He says they've been thinking about that challenge since losing in six games to eventual Stanley Cup champ Chicago last year.

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