Ducks won't have Rickard Rakell (lower body) in Game 6

It has turned into a battle of attrition in the Western Conference Finals. I mean, just coming here for them, like on a Sunday afternoon supporting us, it means the world to us. Its been more like last man standing. Then in game six something happened that could be a cause for concern. "After he was done with his speech, we did not do the pregame warmup, we were ready to play the game". That was what happened on the game-winner. Right winger James Neal scored the game-winning goal at just about the halfway mark of the overtime period.

That almost happened with Aberg.

It was Anaheim that actually broke the ice and took the first lead of the hockey game.

The Predators took a 2-1 lead on Aberg's goal at 11:01 of the third period.

Nothing appeared illegal about Manson's contact with either Nashville center, but the Predators have been frustrated by Anaheim's hard-nosed approach to hockey. The Predators are without leading scoring Ryan Johansen for the rest of the playoffs after undergoing surgery. Nashville and Anaheim split the first two games of the Western Conference finals.

"I thought we had energy coming out, and it deteriorated throughout the game", captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "So we decided we'd leave him at home".

The fact that we haven't heard of Aberg sooner is due more to the Predator's depth than the Swede's ability to be a difference-maker in the National Hockey League. "Nobody wants to travel - we had to travel a lot previous year, making both trips to California in the first and second round and it was substantial. The Predators were a natural group to collaborate with since the whole city is rallying around them, including us, ".

Though the injuries obviously affected both teams' line-ups, it's hard to say who was at a bigger disadvantage. Not that anyone was making excuses.

"They go through a process of learning about the game and how to be a pro, how to compete, how to play at the next level", Laviolette said.

"I think that the travel, when you can limit it, it always can work to an advantage", coach Peter Laviolette said Monday morning. It seemed like everyone on the ice was holding a grudge, if not a death wish.

Here's a look at each team's complete playoff roster, including how each player came to his current team - and how much time he spent paying his dues in the minors. The Predators goalie has had a Conn Smyth-worthy post-season, with an nearly unfair 1.62 goals-against average and.942 save percentage. Gibson finished 21-7-4 with a 2.50 goals-against average and ripped off a 9-0-1 stretch late in the season that started with a 4-3 shootout win over visiting Nashville on March 7, but he has been limited to three relief appearances in the postseason. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Taking a pass in front of the net, Wilson beat Bernier high on the glove hand with a backhand that went in off the post.

It was Aberg's first goal. Seconds before he scored, Aberg was upended during a scramble. Following up on Filip Forsberg's rebound, Aberg got off a shot before diving over a fallen Anaheim defender. Austin Watson would score on an empty net to make it 3-1.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The injuries keep mounting.

The injury pokes another hole in a Nashville team that's now a win away from its first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Nicolas Kerdiles replaced him in the line-up.

In 2016, when the Chicago Blackhawks player Andrew Shaw was caught using a homophobic slur, he was suspended for one playoff game, a bigger statement in many people's eyes.

Bernier is a solid backup netminder who can carry the Ducks for the remainder of their playoff run, but Gibson has gotten Anaheim to where they are. Stepping into the lineup to fill in were Frederik Gaudreau and Miikka Salomaki.

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