Goaltending will be big in this playoff series, literally and figuratively.
The obvious obstacle facing the
The Ducks will counter with John Gibson and
Nashville beat the Ducks in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.
Ducks offense vs.
The Ducks achieved balance when they split up Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and are awaiting the return of
The Predators can counter down the middle with Ducks nemesis
Ducks defense vs. Predators offense
Anchored by goaltending and the shutdown line of
Filip Forsberg and
For all their regular-season success, Gibson and Andersen seek strong postseasons after struggles in the late stages of the last two playoffs. Coach Bruce Boudreau has said he's open to a goalie rotation in the playoffs.
Rinne is among the elite. The question is whether he can take Nashville on a deep playoff run.
The Ducks became the first team since the 1984-85
Weber's 14 power-play goals were the most by a defenseman and helped Nashville finish 10th on the power play. It was 16th in penalty killing.
Nashville's yellow-clad fan base can make