NashvillePredators.com asked the team's star analysts to break down the first round of the 2011 Western Conference playoffs, with special emphasis on the Preds/Ducks series. Check out their predictions below.
Preds/Ducks Series Prediction
Preds in 7
Preds in a close series
Preds in 6
Preds Player To Watch
Pekka Rinne Pekka has been stellar the entire regular season and will need to continue to do so. Any soft goals come playoff time can be killers, especially since the Preds will find them harder to come by in the post-season.
Pekka Rinne He's Nashville's horse. He's the player who got them here.
Teemu Selanne I think it will be Selanne, not the big three, who can make the difference in this playoff series. While Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan are formidable they will always have the top defensive matchup out there against them. Selanne, Koivu and Blake will be the secondary matchup and can do some real damage if they take advantage of chances.
Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry is the simple one -- 50 goal scorer -- but I'll tell you, the catalyst is Getzlaf. He is the quarterback of that hockey club. Perry's the goal scorer, Bobby Ryan's the skater, Getzlaf, he's the straw that stirs the drink.