Close out situation in Nashville tonight, with the Preds having the chance to wrap the Western Conference Championship in Game 6. After an impressive effort, down Mike Fisher and Ryan Johansen, the Predators can seal the deal with their first ever trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Ducks suffered an injury of their own in Game 5, as John Gibson didn’t go out for the start of the second period after suffering a lower-body injury. Gibson never returned, giving the crease to Jonathan Bernier, who played okay, but his rebound control was less than adequate.
Bernier, in that respect, was playing like a goaltender who had some rust. The game winning goal ultimately came off a juicy rebound allowed by Bernier. The Ducks came an inch to getting the go-ahead goal just moments before. However, Nashville were the ones who were able to capitalize and it resulted in a 3-2 lead for the Predators in the best-of-seven series.
Reports are suggesting that Gibson is going to be suiting up and in net for Game 6. But at what level is he going to be playing at? If this weren’t Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, I have my doubts that he’d be playing tonight.
Lower-body injuries can be debilitating to a goaltender, and I’d venture that he won’t be playing at 100 percent tonight, if he in fact gets the start. It’s do-or-die for the Ducks tonight, while the Predators are looking to make history. Get our free Ducks vs. Predators Game 6 pick below.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators Game 6 Pick
There’s been some frustration written on the faces of the Ducks. At the very least, the Predators have been getting under the skin of Ryan Getzlaf. He already has one fine for a slur, which I disagree with, but he’s been running his mouth a little more in this series. The Predators have been playing like the team with nothing to lose. Anaheim have been the chokers the past decade, and they’re one game away from getting dumped before reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, again.
The Predators have averaged 36.4 shots per game in this series. Gibson has been getting peppered with pucks in this series. He’s saved them on more than one occasion. However, Gibson has now dealing with an injury, and his backup, Bernier is not one that can exactly be trusted.
The Ducks are going to lay it all on the ice in Game 6, but the goaltending situation does worry me some. If it becomes an issue, they’re going to need to force plays on offence. We look to advance to 17-4-0 with another winning pick in Game 6 between the Ducks and Predators. Our Game 6 pick is on the OVER.
PICK: OVER 5 (-120)