Game Five: Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks (Series Tied 2-2)
5 P.M. (CT) | Honda Center
TV: FS-TN, NBCSN | Radio: 102.5 The Game | Pregame: 4:30 P.M. (CT)
The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks are all even as things shift back to California. Game Five between the teams comes later this afternoon from the Honda Center, with each club having lost both games in their home building in their Western Conference First Round Series thus far.
The Predators fell in Games Three and Four in Nashville, most recently by a 4-1 final on Thursday night. Anaheim has outscored the Preds 7-1 over the last two games after Nashville took Games One and Two by identical 3-2 scores.
“We know we can play well in their building, and we have to put these last two games behind us and worry about Game Five,” center Mike Fisher said. “That’s all that matters is that game coming up and being ready and prepared and just having the game of our lives. We know we’re going to be facing a team that’s going to be fired up, and we just have to do all we can do to prepare for it.”
Fisher scored the lone goal for the Preds in Game Four, his first goal of the playoff series and 19th of his NHL career in the postseason. Colin Wilson notched his second assist of the series and his third point. He has one goal and two assists so far. The Preds outshot the Ducks 31-25, pumping 16 shots on target in the second period. The total is tied for the third-most shots in playoff franchise history in a single period.
Wilson scored a goal in Game One against the Ducks and added an assist in Games Two and Three, giving him 10 points in 23 career playoff games (7g-3a). Six of those goals have occurred in his last 10 postseason contests, including five during last season's Western Conference Quarterfinal against the Chicago Blackhawks. Wilson's seven playoff goals (all as a member of the Preds) now rank him in the Top Five of playoff goals in franchise history.
Filip Forsberg (1g-2a), Wilson (1g-2a) and Roman Josi (3a) pace the team in scoring this postseason, with seven different players posting a goal. Goaltender Pekka Rinne has a 2.76 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage so far in the series.
Andrew Cogliano leads the Ducks in scoring with four points (2g-2a) in the postseason, followed by Ryan Getzlaf and Chris Stewart, who have three points each. Cogliano, Getzlaf, Nate Thompson and Jamie McGinn have each tallied twice for Anaheim. Goaltender Frederik Andersen has won both games for the Ducks, posting a 0.50 goals-against average and a .983 save percentage.
Road teams in this year's playoffs have a winning record, posting a 19-15 record, with five undefeated road teams so far in the postseason (Nashville, Anaheim, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose).
Nashville has split the first four games of a playoff series on four previous occasions, with the lone series win coming in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Anaheim Ducks (in six games).
Note: The Predators are hosting a viewing party on the Bridgestone Arena plaza at 5 p.m. (CT), click here for more details.