For the second time in the past four seasons, and the second year in a row, the Nashville Predators will be making a return trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs where they will square off with the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of a seven game series. Last year, the Predators dropped their first round series to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
During the 2015 regular season, the Predators met the Ducks three times – two of the games, both Nashville wins, came at Bridgestone Arena. The Ducks come into the series as the number one seed in the NHL’s Pacific Division, while the Predators will be facing off as the number four seed. As is customary in all playoff series’, the first two games will be played in Anaheim – as the Ducks have home ice advantage – while games 3 and 4 will take place in Nashville. Bridgestone Arena will play host to game 6 if the series makes it there.
History: The Predators and Ducks last met in the postseason in 2011. The First Round series was won by Nashville in six games, the franchise’s first-ever playoff series victory.
Four players, Pekka Rinne, Shea Weber, Colin Wilson and Mike Fisher, who played in the 2011 series are currently on the Predators roster. Three Ducks, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Cam Fowler, logged time in the 2011 series and are still employed by Anaheim.
The Predators finished with a 2-1-0 record versus the Ducks in 2015-16, a season after being swept by Anaheim (0-2-1). Over the past four seasons, Nashville has posted a 3-6-3 record against Anaheim.
This season, Nashville posted a 13-3-5 record versus the Pacific Division.
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