Sunday, April 24, 2011

Preds On the Brink Of History

The Nashville Predators have an opportunity to win a first round playoff series for the first time in team history on Sunday as they face the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville is coming off of their first Game 5 win and team history, and their first win in overtime in the playoffs in team history.

Bridgestone Arena has been very loud before, but I think Sunday is going to be the loudest it has ever been since the Predators got to Nashville. For the first time, the home fans have a chance to witness the Predators move on past the first round and make a run towards a Stanley Cup.

Game 6 is going to be a hard fought game, just like every other game this series has been. Anaheim is going to be an extremely desperate team that will want to win at all costs. The Predators have to come out hungry and want to close them out.

Nashville has all of the momentum in this series after their unlikely win in Game 5 on Friday night. They know they have a chance to do something that most of them have never done before. You can bet they're going to bring it on Sunday.

My player to watch for the Ducks is Corey Perry. Perry is the offensive leader of this team, and will be flying all over the ice on Sunday. He'll want to antagonize people, and he'll also want to create offensive chances for the Preds. Nashville must find a way to shut him down.

For the Predators, my player to watch is Jordin Tootoo. Tootoo had arguably the best game of his entire career on Friday night in Game 5. He was all over the ice, and collected two assists on two very fine plays. He's coming into his own now and playing better hockey than he ever has before.

The puck drops at 5:00 in Nashville. If you're not going, tune in to witness history.