Predators hoping to advance to first-ever Stanley Cup Final

Yet Forsberg, now sporting hastily sewn stitches across the bridge of his nose from a cut he received at some point during Game 2, has evolved into more than an offensive weapon. Goaltender John Gibson, who left Saturday's game after one period because of a lower-body injury, skated Monday morning, but coach Randy Carlyle said he hadn't gotten a chance to confer with the goalie and with the team's training staff regarding Gibson's chances of playing Monday night. The Predators are 52-32-13 overall and 30-9-9 at home while the Ducks are 56-28-14 overall and 22-17-9 on the road. They could hear the cheering fans the instant they stepped off the plane, and Laviolette said he knows Monday night will be insane. If he's able to play, the Predators likely will try to test his movement.

"And then we'll make a decision based off that". The Ducks also need to elevate their behind the play shenanigans across the board, that element of their game can be highly effective when an opponent allows it to get under their skin. He played just under 12 minutes, while Nashville took over the lead in the third period on the Aberg goal.

"I thought we had energy coming out, and it deteriorated throughout the game", captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We're not going to hang our head with doom and gloom".

The Predators were not happy with the first period of Game 4, their most recent game at Bridgestone Arena.

Aberg, who also has one career National Hockey League regular-season goal, was only in position to win it because the Predators were on a counterattack after a prolonged scramble in front of Nashville's net.


Nashville is 6-1 SU in its last seven games at home.

"Guys know what's at stake", said Laviolette. I don't think that Game 4 leads to Game 6.

- As I write this, there has been no word on if Corey Perry's abuse of an official late in game five will be addressed. Game coverage drops the puck at 7pm with the Voice of the Predators Pete Weber on the Predators Radio Network across the midsouth. But I can promise you one thing... "(Aberg's) a guy who in my opinion could have been playing on our team all year, but we have so much and so much experience ... that it didn't happen". You can't find one of the four teams left standing that isn't missing a significant player or running out of ice at this time of year. The Predators are without leading scoring Ryan Johansen for the rest of the playoffs after undergoing surgery. He has an undisclosed injury. This comes shortly before Game 5 against the Nashville Predators.

The Ducks also were hurting without Rakell, a surprise omission due to a lower-body injury, and Eaves, who missed his ninth straight game. In this game they even had more giveaways and power plays.


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