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2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Game Recap, Preview, How to Watch, Schedule and Day 36 Open Thread

The Pens clobber the Sens, and the Preds can close out the West on home ice tonight.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports

As the Conference Finals continue we’ll give you a recap from last night’s game and what to look for in tonight’s action.

Ottawa Senators v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Five Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Eastern Conference Final Game 5

Pittsburgh Penguins 7, Ottawa Senators 0 (PIT leads 3-2) extra point is good. -Jake Crouse

Western Conference Final Game 6

Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators (NSH leads 3-2)
8:00 p.m. ET - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN
NBCSN, NBC Sports App

  1. Elimination Game: And just like that, the Anaheim Ducks are once again on the brink of elimination. The Nashville Predators are in the driver's seat in this series, just one win away from punching a ticket to their first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history, and they have a chance to do it on home ice. The Preds are 6-1 at Bridgestone Arena this postseason, with their lone loss coming against the Ducks on Thursday. Anaheim survived a scare against the Oilers, but will they get through this? The odds are stacked against them.
  2. Ow! As if things didn't already look bleak for Anaheim, their injury report doesn't help things. Patrick Eaves and Rickard Rakell, two of Anaheim's most effective goal scorer, have been ruled out for game six due to lower-body injuries, and the news could get even worse. John Gibson, Anaheim's starting goalie who was suddenly replaced after the first period in Game 5 on Saturday and could very well not be able to man the crease, which would give way to Jonathan Bernier stepping in, which is a scary thought for the Ducks.
  3. Predators on the Blue Line: Nashville's defense has been locking down Anaheim forwards this series. The Ducks have been limited to just one goal in two of the last three outings and, with Ryan Johansen out of the lineup, the Preds found a way to kick up their game and play at another level in their own end when they desperately have needed to. Of course, having Pekka Rinne playing like a Vezina candidate also helps. Rinne leads all playoff goaltenders in goals against, save percentage, shutouts, and wins. -Brett Finger
  4. P.S.: if you haven’t read Peter’s writeup of his experience at Game 3 in Nashville last week, go do it now.