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Nashville Predators Celebrate Goal

Dana Lane

Monday, May 22, 2017 7:04 PM GMT

Monday, May. 22, 2017 7:04 PM GMT

After the Predators easily overcame the loss of Ryan Johansen and Mike Fisher in game five is that enough to convince NHL analyst Dana Lane to back them again in game six.

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On paper there aren’t a lot of reasons to back the Predators with Ryan Johansen and Mike Fisher on the sidelines but game five proved they can win and win convincingly without their top two centers in the line-up but isn’t that like Nashville.

This postseason the Predators have used 18 forwards, the most among any playoff team. Don’t forget when Peter Laviolette inserted undrafted Frederick Gaudreau into his line-up. It would be the 24-year olds first playoff game after spending the season in Milwaukee with the Admirals. Gaudreau didn’t find the scoresheet but he gave Laviolette a quality 12 minutes.

Nashville has now received a game-winning goal from 10 different players. Pontus Aberg poked home the game five winner, Aberg has played in just 25 NHL games.

It isn’t just the Predators who are battling major injuries. Anaheim will be without Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves while they’re still evaluating goaltender John Gibson’s status. It’s worth noting that Gibson was on the ice for practice this morning although it’s likely if he does play that it won’t be at 100% after a lower body injury.

Aside from the deep roster, Nashville’s game five win has historical significance. The winner of game five in a series tied 2-2 has gone on to win 79% of the time including five for five this season.

I’m confident that the Predators know they must take their game five momentum and parlay that into punching their Stanley Cup ticket tonight. If Nashville allows this series to go to a game seven the likeliness of a road victory is minimal.

Keep checking SBR's NHL Odds Page for the best available number on tonight’s play.

 

 

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