This Nashville Predators – Anaheim Ducks series has been testy and tightly matched, so it only makes sense that it will go the distance.
The Predators won their first home game of the series by a score of 3-1 to force a Game 7 against the Ducks on Wednesday.
One key difference for Nashville: they managed to protect a lead after seeing some squandered edges in previous games (not to mention the 2-0 series lead that dissolved into a 3-2 deficit that really doesn’t matter right now).
Another big one: Pekka Rinne rebounded with some big saves, stopping 26 of 27.
It was a tight game. The two teams combined for just 52 shots on goal and penalties were sparse. That doesn’t mean there was no controversy, as Predators fans were not happy about the call that helped the Ducks score on the power play.
This is what we talked about the past couple games, right? Garbage call results in a goal? Yes. But how do #Preds respond? We'll see.
This series has been back-and-forth with the growing distaste building between the two teams being one of the most consistent storylines. If the previous six contests are any indication, expect a close one on Wednesday.
One secret “winner” beyond fans of the sport as a whole?
With two games, Monday is light on quantity … but oh boy, talk about quality.
You really can’t get much better than a Game 7, which we’ll be treated to for sure tonight and possibly again if the Predators can survive against the Ducks. Expect a lot of nervous hockey fans this evening.
Here’s how you can watch the games (get your two screen options ready)…
Anaheim at Nashville (8:00 p.m. ET)
The TV broadcast of Game 6 will be on CNBC. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.
Chicago at St. Louis (8:30 p.m. ET)
The TV broadcast of Game 7 will be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.
Here’s some reading material to get you ready for tonight’s action: