The scenes could not have been different for the Ducks and the Nashville Predators when they landed in Nashville on Sunday.
Hundreds of cheering fans decked in yellow greeted the Predators at the airport as the city anticipates a coronation.
The Ducks landed without forwards Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves, and with a questionable status for goalie John Gibson as they rest on the verge of elimination.
Coach Randy Carlyle said Rakell and Eaves did not travel for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals Monday at Bridgestone Arena, with the Ducks trailing the best-of-seven series 3-2.
Eaves has been out since April 30 because of a lower-body injury but Carlyle on...