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Western Conference Final, Game Six: Ducks vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Clinch Berth in Stanley Cup Final Tonight

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators return home tonight for the biggest game in franchise history and a chance to go where they've never gone before.

With a 3-1 win in Game Five of the Western Conference Final over the Anaheim Ducks, the Preds are one victory away from clinching a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, a possibility they can't help but think about. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

"The guys know what the next step is, and it's going to be a hard-fought game," Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "So whatever pushes your buttons to make you realize where you're going to be at, then I think they have to be dialed in for that game. So if that's one way of motivating, that's a good way."

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Western Conference Final, Game Five: Preds at Ducks

Nashville Faces Best-of-Three Without Services of Ryan Johansen

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Western Conference Final between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks has now turned into a best-of-three, with the series shifting back to Anaheim this evening. The team that comes away with a victory in Game Five will be one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final, and the Predators are looking forward to that chance.

However, Nashville will enter Game Five without the services of one of their top players. Center Ryan Johansen, who leads the team in scoring in these playoffs with 13 points, sustained a left thigh injury in Game Four that required emergency surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Johansen's surgery was successful, but he will miss the remainder of the playoffs for the Predators.

Game Four saw Nashville battle back once more in the third period to even the score at 2-2 with 35 seconds to play in regulation, courtesy of Filip Forsberg, but Corey Perry ended it in overtime to give the Ducks their second win of the series. 

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Western Conference Final, Game Four: Ducks vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Keep Their Home Playoff Win Streak Alive in Game Four

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The first-ever Western Conference Final game at Bridgestone Arena was a smashing success, and tonight, the Nashville Predators have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Anaheim Ducks.

A comeback win in Game Three gave the Predators their 10th consecutive postseason victory at home, a feat not seen in decades (more on that below). Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi tallied in the third period after the Preds trailed 1-0, giving them their fourth come-from-behind win of the postseason. Pekka Rinne earned his 10th win of the playoffs, giving up just a single goal or fewer for the seventh time in the current postseason.

Now the attention turns to Game Four, another opportunity for the Predators to go further than they ever have before.

"Our mindset the whole playoffs is to take it one game at a time, and we knew coming back in our building that we played a lot of good hockey in our building - this whole playoffs and this season," defenseman P.K. Subban said. "And we wanted to make sure that out of the two games, we got the first one. We did that. And now we're looking forward to the intensity ramping up for the second game at home."

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Western Conference Final, Game Three: Ducks vs. Preds

Nashville Returns Home to Host First Conference Final Game in Franchise History

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After splitting Games One and Two of the Western Conference Final, the series between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks now shifts to Bridgestone Arena, beginning tonight with Game Three.

Nashville came away a winner in overtime courtesy of a tally from James Neal before falling in Game Two of the series by a 5-3 final. Neal scored again in Game Two and Ryan Johansen recorded a goal and assist, his third consecutive multipoint outing.

The Preds jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Game Two, but a late first-period goal for the Ducks, followed by three more in the second, gave them their first victory of the series. Now the Preds return home for the first-ever conference final game in Nashville. 

"It's the loudest building I've played in the NHL," defenseman P.K. Subban said of Bridgestone Arena. "I can't say enough about our fan base and the community and the state of Tennessee and the city of Nashville on how they supported us through this run so far. And I would expect that to continue."

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Western Conference Final, Game Two: Preds at Ducks

Nashville Looks for 2-0 Series Lead in Anaheim

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators are a perfect three-for-three when it comes to taking a 1-0 series lead in these playoffs, and they'll try to steal a second meeting from the Anaheim Ducks in Game Two of the Western Conference Final this evening.

It was James Neal who potted the winner in overtime in Game One off a feed from P.K. Subban for his fourth goal of the playoffs. Austin Watson and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville in the win and Pekka Rinne made 27 saves to collect his League-leading ninth victory of the postseason. And now they'll try to do it once more.

"Game One is over with now," Watson said. "We got that game, and it was a huge goal in overtime for us to be able to get that, and now we're going to Game Two. We've looked at every game throughout the playoffs as just the next game. We're just focused on Game Two and winning that game, and we'll be ready."

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Western Conference Final, Game One: Preds at Ducks

Nashville Begins Their First Conference Final Tonight in Anaheim

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators continue their journey in the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight when they play in their first Western Conference Final.

The Preds have traveled to Anaheim to face the Ducks in Round Three, the second consecutive season the two have gotten together in the playoffs. Nashville topped Anaheim in seven games in 2016, the second time they've beaten the Ducks in the postseason. But the two have never met under these circumstances with the potential reward at an all-time high.

"Last year's playoffs are a long time ago," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's a different team, a different group and we're in a different spot right now. I guess probably the best thing to do is just keep our head down and keep doing the work."

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Game Six: Blues vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Eliminate St. Louis to Advance in the Postseason

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The chance remains this afternoon for the Nashville Predators to advance further than they ever have before.

Game Six between the Preds and the St. Louis Blues commences at 2 p.m. CT today at Bridgestone Arena, with Nashville holding a 3-2 series lead in Round Two. The Blues forced today's contest when they defeated the Predators by a 2-1 final in Game Five on Friday night in St. Louis. Nashville can't wait for the chance to eliminate their opponent once more, this time in front of their home crowd.

"We have a 3-2 series lead, and we're at home where we're 4-0 in the playoffs," center Ryan Johansen said. "We can't wait to get out there and feed off of that energy and atmosphere in that building, and hopefully stay successful as we've been there."

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Game Five: Preds vs. Blues

Holding 3-1 Series Lead, Nashville Looks to Close Out St. Louis

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

With victories at home in Games Three and Four, the Nashville Predators are back in St. Louis tonight with a chance to close out the series and advance further than they ever have before.

Game Five between the Preds and Blues comes this evening at Scottrade Center after Nashville topped St. Louis by a 3-1 final in Game Three and then 2-1 in Game Four. Those results gave the Predators a 3-1 series lead and their sixth and seventh wins of the postseason, tying a franchise record.

Tonight in St. Louis, the Preds will attempt to close out a series for the second time in this postseason after sweeping Chicago in Round One - but there's certainly no celebrating quite yet.

"There's experiences through the last couple [of playoff series] that have helped us gain experience," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "Chicago was a good team and a team that's won championships. We were put in a position to get into a close-out game, but that doesn't guarantee anything, or just having that experience doesn't make it so. We're going to have to go to St. Louis and play a good hockey game."

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Game Four: Blues vs. Preds

Nashville Looks to Stay Undefeated at Home in the Postseason

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators will look to take a 3-1 series lead tonight when they host the St. Louis Blues in Game Four of their Round Two series at Bridgestone Arena.

After splitting the first two contests in St. Louis in Games One and Two, the Preds returned home on Sunday afternoon to beat the Blues 3-1 in Game Three. Ryan Ellis, Cody McLeod and Roman Josi all found the back of the net and Pekka Rinne recorded his sixth win of the postseason. Nashville has now won seven consecutive home games at Bridgestone Arena dating back to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It's a great atmosphere [at Bridgestone Arena], but we really just need to keep focused on the work we're doing on a daily basis," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "We understand what [tonight] has in store for us, and we know it's not going to be easy. The guys will have to be ready."

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Game Three: Blues vs. Preds

Series Shifts to Nashville as Predators Try for 2-1 Series Lead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After splitting the first two games of Round Two in St. Louis, the Nashville Predators return home to host the Blues in Games Three and Four of the series, beginning this afternoon at Bridgestone Arena with a 2 p.m. CT start in Game Three.

The Preds are coming off their first loss of the 2017 postseason, a 3-2 decision in Game Two, after topping the Blues by a 4-3 final in Game One. Ryan Ellis tallied a goal and an assist for the Preds in Game Two, while Vladimir Tarasenko played the role of hero for St. Louis, scoring twice, including the game-winner late in period three.

"We're disappointed after Game Two, but it's 1-1," defenseman Roman Josi said Saturday. "It's a tight series, and I think we're pretty confident in the room. We still think we can play better than what we did in first two games and hopefully we can bring that [today]."

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