The Nashville Predators looked like they were going to steal Game 4 and take a 3-1 series lead. The Preds squandered a 5-on-3 but scored just a few seconds later to tie things up, and heading to overtime with all of the momentum. About 10 minutes into the overtime frame, the Ducks, off a Corey Perry feed towards the front of the net gave Anaheim the win.
P.K. Subban deflected the puck right into the back of his own net. The playoffs are always good for two or three funky overtime goals like that. Perry was just looking for an outlet in front of the net, and he ended up finding the game winner. If there is any lesson, throw the puck at the net and maybe it goes in.
It’s a heartbreaking loss for the Predators, who had all of the pressure on the Ducks in the final 10 minutes of regulation. The Ducks were taking stupid penalties galore, as it appeared their gas tank was running awfully thin. Without the fortunate bounce past Pekka Rinne, I’m not so sure they get that one. For all Duck fans, it was time to breathe a sigh of relief.
The Ducks get this series back to Anaheim, and grab home ice advantage right back. The Preds already grabbed a game in Anaheim, so maybe they can do it twice. The Ducks have notoriously been one of the best teams in the league at home over the last decade.
They hold a record of 30-9-7 at home, so once again they’ve been a tough out for opposing teams coming to the Duck Pond. Another winning NHL pick last night has pushed our May record to 15-3-0. Let’s look for more on Saturday. Go below to get our free Predators vs. Ducks Game 5 pick.
Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks Game 5 Pick
John Gibson did a bang-on job of nullifying the Predators’ offence. Gibson has been playing on and off in the postseason, but he was most certainly on in Game 4. The idea would be for Gibson to heat up all the way through the Western Conference Finals and in the Stanley Cup Finals.
A win tonight would move them just one win from that happening. Gibson turned back 32 pucks to pick up the win for the Ducks. Much of this series has gone the way of the goaltenders. Whoever can make the opportune stop, Gibson or Rinne, it usually makes the difference. More than ever, this deep into the playoffs, the goaltenders come into play tenfold.
The Preds have to be feeling rattled after letting Game 4 slip away. They went from an all-time high getting that goal with seconds remaining, and then watching it mean nothing as Subban unintentionally deflected the puck past Rinne. This should be another close, competitive game. The final score in this game once again has the makings of a 3-2 final, thus, the total is a bit of a wash to me. The Ducks should be able to defend their pond for the second time in this series, though. How does a Game 7 sound? It’s looking that way to me. Tonight, it’s the Ducks who will take a 3-2 series lead, though.
PICK: DUCKS (-125)