Western Conference Champions! The Nashville Predators pulled off a second straight improbable victory to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks in 6 games. Unlike Game 5, the Ducks dominated in almost every statistical category last night. They even passed the eye test. This game looked like the Ducks should have won 6-3, not the other way around. Nashville took advantage of Anaheim’s goaltending early and then rode Pekka Rinne to the win.

Look, I am the first to admit that was not a pretty game for the Preds. They played loose at times and could not establish hardly any zone time in this game. However, when they needed a goal Colton Sissons was there, 3 times! So, I am supposed to be writing about last night’s game, instead, I am going to just revel a bit in where this team is right now.

When this season started, the Predators were touted as a Cup contender. Then, the season started. Nashville struggles to find consistency through the first half of the season. However, in the second half of the season, as many people overlooked, Nashville was one of the better teams in the league. After a Jan. 8th loss to the Blackhawks, the Preds finished the year 25-13-5. So, yes they finished 8th, but they had a reason to be a confident team coming into the playoff year.

This team’s resiliency and fight is a big reason this team will be playing for the Stanley Cup for the first time in team history. I could throw out a number of superlatives about how well they have played as a team this postseason and how great Pekka Rinne has been (and he has been great). Instead, I am only going to just put one small set of stats that pretty much says everything you need to know about the Predators playoff run to this point.

Here is what the Predators did to the top players on each team they have beaten this playoff run:

Round 1

Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane – 2pts, -3 in 4 games

Jonathan Toews – 2pts, -5 in 4 games

Artemi Panarin – 1 assist, -4 in 4 games

Marian Hossa – 0 points, -4 in 4 games

St. Louis Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko – 3 points, +1 in 6 games

Jaden Schwartz – 4 points, +2 in 6 games

Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Getzlaf – 4 points, -2 in 6 games

Corey Perry – 2 goals, -3 in 6 games

Ryan Kesler – 1 assist, -6 in 6 games

Jakob Silfverberg – 3 points, -6 in 6 games

Basically, the Predators are in the Final, by simply making the offensive stars on the opposing team look average. It will be a tall order to do this for a fourth straight series, but if they are able to, we could have a very good summer here in Smashville.

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Western Conference Finals Game 6 Recap: Predators 6, Ducks 3
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Western Conference Finals Game 6 Recap: Predators 6, Ducks 3
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Your Nashville Predators are going to the 2017 Stanly Cup Final! For the first time in franchise history, the Predators have a chance to play for the Cup!
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Daniel Jones

My name is Daniel Jones, I am from the Washington D.C. area originally, but have lived in Nashville, Tn since 1983. I grew up a fan of the Washington Capitals and I am still partial to them. However, I became a day 1 season ticket holder with the Nashville Predators when they arrived. My wife and I have been hardcore Preds fans ever since. Being asked to cover to the Preds for Puck Planet is both a dream and an honor. I hope to do both the website and Predator fans proud.

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