Season series: This is the first of three games between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators. The Ducks went 3-0-0 against the Predators in 2012-13.
Big story: Slowly but surely the Predators are scratching and clawing their way back into the Western Conference postseason race. To earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Nashville, which has earned points in five of its past six games, will need to hop over the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks.
And it's less than three hours to game time, our GDT has 4 posts and the Anaheim board just put up their GDT and it has zero additional posts. Spirits are high for this one. Reminds me of the greatest thread in HFBoards history: the one-man GDT.
Great start to the game! I could not believe seeing Cullen on the fourth line with Clune and Hendricks, but after Clune fight, they put Smith in Clunes spot and Cullen shows why HE SHOULD NOT BE A FOURTH LINE CENTER!
Solid team defense for the most part .... the entire roster getting involved early ... Maz with the better stop on Bonino's second shot (he was down before the shot on the PP and made a save on a non-elevated shot) ... losing the faceoff battle ... too undisciplined.
A good period but I'm expecting the Ducks to come out hard in the second. I want another goal from our guys since Maz either pitches a shutout or gives up at least two ... no starts with just one goal allowed so far this season.