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Matt Irwin registered his second assist of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 6 against Anaheim.

He has contributed two points in 16 games for the Predators, who will compete in the Cup Final against Pittsburgh or Ottawa. Yannick Weber got his first point of Nashville's playoff run on Monday night. Nashville's defense corps has supplied plenty of offense and now Irwin and Weber are finally getting into the act.
Tue, May 23, 2017 09:00:00 AM

Pontus Aberg earned two assists Monday night in a 6-3 win over Anaheim.

He helped set up two of Colton Sissons' three goals in the contest. Aberg had the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final and he came up big in Game 6 as well. He has four points in 10 playoff games this year.
Tue, May 23, 2017 08:55:00 AM

Austin Watson tallied a pair of goals in Game 6 against Anaheim.

He got Nashville on the board just 1:21 into the first period and he rounded out the goal scoring in the third with an empty netter to seal Nashville's trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Watson has scored four goals in the 2017 playoffs and all of his markers came in the Western Conference Final against the Ducks. He has six points in 16 postseason appearances along with a league-leading 81 hits.
Tue, May 23, 2017 08:51:00 AM

Filip Forsberg stretched his point streak to seven straight games on Monday night.

He posted one goal and one assist in a 6-3 win over Anaheim to help get the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final. Forsberg earned at least one point in each contest of the Western Conference Final versus Anaheim. He leads the Predators with eight goals and 15 points in 16 playoff games this year.
Tue, May 23, 2017 08:45:00 AM

Nashville will compete in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

They eliminated the Anaheim Ducks in six games on Monday night with a 6-3 victory. Coach Peter Laviolette has four of the six playoff series wins in Nashville history. He is also the fourth coach in NHL history to take three different franchises to the Stanley Cup Final. Laviolette and assistant coach Kevin McCarthy won the Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Tue, May 23, 2017 08:41:00 AM

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was outstanding Monday night during Nashville's 6-3 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks in the sixth and final game of the Western Conference Final.

Rinne made 38 saves against the Ducks in this one. He stopped 32 in the Preds' 3-1 victory last Saturday. "He's the best player on our team, night in and night out," said Colton Sissons, who scored three of Nashville's goals Monday. "I've never met anyone as competitive as Pekka." Rinne will enter the Stanley Cup Final May 29 with a 12-4 postseason record and a legitimate shot at the Conn Smythe Trophy as the premier player in the NHL playoffs. His goals-against average in the postseason is only 1.70 and he has an impressive save percentage of .941.
Mon, May 22, 2017 11:37:00 PM

The Nashville Predators are going to the first Stanley Cup Final in their franchise history thanks to a Colton Sissons hat trick and a dramatic 6-3 triumph Monday night over the visiting Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

Sissons recorded his first playoff hat trick, one in the first period and two in the third. His third goal, with six minutes left in the third period, made it 4-3 for the Preds and turned out to be the game winner. It was a beauty. Moments after an Anaheim power play, Sissons took a pinpoint, cross-ice pass from Calle Jarnkrok and fired a perfect shot past Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier. Sissons goes into the Stanley Cup final May 29 against either the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Ottawa Senators with five postseason goals. His first Monday gave the Preds a 2-0 lead in the first period. Filip Forsberg found the empty net for his eighth goal of the playoffs. He also assisted on Sissons' second goal and increased his postseason points streak to seven games. Austin Watson also scored an empty-netter as well as the game's first goal. Watson now has four playoff goals. Pontus Aberg contributed two assists for the Western champions.
Mon, May 22, 2017 11:24:00 PM

Craig Smith (undisclosed) will miss Game 6 Monday night.

Smith last played on May 7. He has an assist in four postseason games.
Mon, May 22, 2017 08:07:00 PM

Mike Fisher (undisclosed) isn't available for Game 6 Monday night.

That's not really surprising given that Fisher also missed the Monday morning skate. This will be his second straight contest on the sidelines.
Mon, May 22, 2017 08:03:00 PM

As expected, Pekka Rinne will play between the pipes in Game 6 on Monday.

Rinne stopped 32 of 33 shots on Saturday to lead Nashville to a 3-1 victory in Game 5. That puts the Predators just one win away from their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final, but they'll likely need another strong showing from Rinne to get there.
Mon, May 22, 2017 08:02:00 PM

Mike Fisher (undisclosed) didn't take part in Nashville's morning skate.

We don't know yet if Fisher will be available for Monday's contest, but it seems unlikely given this development. He wasn't able to play in Game 5 on Saturday after being hurt in Game 4.
Mon, May 22, 2017 12:02:00 PM

Frederick Gaudreau played well in his playoff debut on Saturday night.

Gaudreau hadn't played in an NHL game since January, but he was forced into duty because of injuries to Ryan Johansen and Mike Fisher. Gaudreau didn't pick up a point, but he still managed to win an impressive 71.4 percent of his draws. If Nashville's injury trouble doesn't get better, expect him to stay in the lineup for Game 6 on Monday night.
Mon, May 22, 2017 08:52:00 AM

The Nashville Predators have confirmed that Ryan Johansen was diagnosed with acute compartment syndrome.

That was reported on Saturday, but now there is a Predators' statement on the matter. "Rapid diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent complications," Predators GM David Poile said. "His symptoms developed shortly after the end of Game Four in Nashville, and as they progressed, he was diagnosed, transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and had surgery performed by head team physician Dr. Jed Kuhn within two hours of his diagnosis. As a result, he had no permanent injury to his muscle, nerves or blood vessels and we expect a full and complete recovery. The Predators would like to thank Vanderbilt Life Flight Paramedics, the VUMC Emergency Department, Operating Room Nurses, and Anesthesiologists for their expedient and excellent care." Johansen will not be able to return before the end of the playoffs, but he should be available for the start of the 2017-18 season.
Source: NHL.com
Sun, May 21, 2017 06:28:00 PM

With injuries to Mike Fisher and Ryan Johanssen the Predators had a very different look up front to start Saturday night's game.

Preds' coach Peter Laviolette iced the following units: Filip Forsberg, Colton Sissons and Pontus Aberg; Colin Wilson, Frederick Gaudreau and Austin Watson; Viktor Arvidsson, Calle Jarnkrok and James Neal and Cody McLeod, Vernon Fiddler and Miikka Salomaki. Obvious winners from a fantasy perspective in this alignment are Sissons, Gaudreau, Aberg and Jarnkrok. As the Preds won Game 5, we wouldn't be surprised if we saw the same units start Game 6 if Mike Fisher is unable to play.
Sun, May 21, 2017 10:20:00 AM

With the Predators' victory Saturday night in Game 5, Peter Laviolette has become Nashville's winningest coach in the postseason.

He now has 20 wins in the playoffs with the Preds, one better than longtime bench boss Barry Trotz who has 19. That's quite the accomplishment as Laviolette has only been with the Preds since 2014.
Sun, May 21, 2017 10:13:00 AM

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