Here’s what to watch for during Sunday’s Stanley Cup Playoffs action:
Game 6 | 3 p.m. ET, Sportsnet | NSH leads series 3-2
The Predators get a second crack at ending the Blues’ season after failing to do so on the road in Game 5 on Friday night. The Preds have been to the second round four times but have never advanced to the Western Conference Final, so a bit of franchise history is on the line for Peter Laviolette’s group. The fact they’re 6-0 at home so far throughout the playoffs bodes well for them.
Can the Nashville defence continue to thrive?
Subban and Ekholm in particular have done an admirable job shutting down Vladimir Tarasenko, limiting the Russian sniper to just two points through five games. Nashville’s blueliners have combined for 24 points through nine post-season contests.
Game 6 | 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet | ANA leads 3-2
Were it not for all the controversial goals, Ryan Getzlaf’s brilliance would be the story. The Ducks captain already has 10 points in this series, including the primary assists on both of Anaheim’s overtime goals. He’s also a great leader and excellent in the faceoff circle. The Oilers need to lay the body on him every opportunity they get and somehow slow him down because he has been a one-man wrecking crew.
Will there be more crease crashing?
Milan Lucic went on a post-game rant after his team went down 3-2 in the series and summed up how most Oilers fans feel.
Talbot is trying to stay calm and not make excuses but he clearly has trouble doing his job when Ducks players make contact with him when he’s in his crease.
“I tried to get up but I didn’t really have my one leg under me,” Talbot said regarding the tying goal Friday. “I couldn’t really get it off the ice. I couldn’t really bring it back underneath me. There’s no way I could do that.
If the Ducks continue to get in Talbot’s grill, will the officials start calling them on it? Or, will the Oilers have to merely fight through it?