No. 4 DUCKS VS. NO. 5 NASHVILLE
The Ducks faced the Nashville Predators four times this season. The Ducks won only the second game, 5-4, Nov. 7 at Anaheim. The Predators won, 4-1, at home Oct. 9, and by the same score at Anaheim on Jan. 5. The Predators won the teams' final meeting, 5-4, at Nashville on March 24. Goaltender Jonas Hiller started for the Ducks but couldn't finish and hasn't played since then.
DUCKS: Saku Koivu scored four goals against the Predators in four games and Selanne had three, two on the power play. The Ducks had five players with more points than Predators' co-scoring leaders Erat and Kostitsyn.
PREDATORS: Rookie defenseman Jonathon Blum grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita. He has two exceptional tutors in Weber, a member of Canada's Olympic gold medal team last year, and Ryan Suter, a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic team.
DUCKS: Ray Emery missed the last two games of the season because of a lower-body injury but is expected to be ready for the playoffs. He was 7-2-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 10 games. Dan Ellis, who played two seasons for the Predators, merits consideration for his 8-3-1 record and strong finish. Hiller, still overcoming vertigo, might be the odd man out.
PREDATORS: Pekka Rinne was 33-22-9 with a 2.12 goals-against average (third in the NHL) and .930 save percentage (second). He's their most valuable player.
DUCKS 81.3% (19th)
PREDATORS 84.9% (fifth).
DUCKS: 23.5% (third).
PREDATORS 15.2% (25th).
LAST TIME IN THE PLAYOFFS
DUCKS: 2009. They upset top-seeded San Jose before losing to Detroit in seven games.
PREDATORS: 2010. They had series leads of 1-0 and 2-1 over the Chicago Blackhawks but lost in six games.