Nashville has a good chance to really fight for the right to participate in the Stanley Cup. At the moment, John Hines’ team is 6 points behind Winnipeg, but has 3 games to play. The Predators are away with two wins and two losses. Warm California is next in line, having already solved the Los Angeles shootout, and Anaheim has already beaten Anaheim on the ice this season with a 6-1 score.
Anaheim ranks 14th in the West and finishes the regular season. “Mighty Ducks” ended a series of visits that had begun unsuccessfully. The Californians lost to Seattle (2:5) and Vancouver (2:3 overtime), and managed to score points in Calgary (3:1), where the local team is performing poorly. Dallas Eakins rarely wins on home ice in regular time, only 3 out of 21 matches.
Nashville will play the second game in 2 days, but this fact is overshadowed by more significant ones. Nashville is stronger and motivated to fight for the playoffs. Anaheim rarely wins at home in regular time, and they play poorly against Nashville in particular, who are an inconvenient opponent for the Californians and have beaten them in five previous confrontations. The Predators beat the hosts 6-1 on home ice this season, marking their third straight game at the Honda Center Arena.