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Stanley Cup Final: Nashville Predators might get captain Mike Fisher back

Stanley Cup Final: Nashville Predators might get captain Mike Fisher back

Fisher is the only one expected back for the final, but the Predators have made a habit of having unheralded forwards coming up big and picking up the slack, like when Colton Sissons notched a hat trick in Game 6 to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks from playoff contention.

With their sixth straight playoff win at Bridgestone Arena and 10th consecutive postseason home victory overall, the Predators took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

However, he was called up before the Stanley Cup Playoffs began last month and has four points (one goal, three assists) in 10 games, helping the Predators advance to the Cup Final for the first time since entering the National Hockey League in the 1998-99 season.

Handicapper Alex Smith (AxSmithSports.com) expects Nashville to do it. Pittsburgh, with home-ice advantage and two-time Hart Trophy victor Sidney Crosby, is the minus-175 series favorite but Smith is leaning toward the Predators, the plus-155 underdog. "We believed and here we are". "I missed out on the whole St. Louis series and the first game back [against the Ducks] felt really fast again". Game 1 of the final is Monday night.

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Jakob Silfverberg scored on the Ducks' first shot, and Gibson stopped 43 shots in a stellar performance.

It will be tough for the Predators to have a strong showing in the finals, as they are still missing key players due to injury. "It just doesn't make sense how he plays the game", he told the media.

The Ducks played possibly their best game of the series in game six.

"People are going to say Pittsburgh's the more experienced team, but it's clearly been hard for teams to repeat over two decades", he said. Even when Nashville went up by two goals, they kept up the pressure and played desperately. It's Nashville's answer to the octopus Detroit fans traditionally throw on the ice for good luck. Nashville had the past four days off after eliminating the Blues to cap its 8-2 surge through the first two rounds.

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Aberg led Milwaukee of the AHL with 52 points (31 goals, 21 assists) in 56 games.

In Nashville, it is a little different with each of the top-four playing more than 40 percent of the game, while the bottom pairing of Yannick Weber and Matt Irwin (two solid defensemen in their own right) are only playing about 20 percent of the game ... or an average of about 11 minutes per game.

The Nashville Predators received a much-needed personnel boost.

"Moving him up and down in our lineup gives us some flexibility", Carlyle said. But these Predators will be able to do more than just keep up, they can push the pace and are sound defensively.

Philippine military bomb militants in urban battle
Solicitor General Jose Calida said foreigners were fighting alongside the gunmen in Marawi , including Indonesians and Malaysians. He said governmental planes are at their disposal for the wounded to be transported and the best medical equipment is available.


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