The Predators now know who they will face in their first ever Western Conference Final appearance. They will face the Pacific Division champion Ducks in the best-of-seven series beginning Friday night in Anaheim.
The Ducks advanced by virtue of a 2-1 win over the Oilers Wednesday night in game seven of their second round series. The win snaps Anaheim's four-game losing streak in game seven.
— Dan Kennedy (@NC5_DanKennedy) May 11, 2017
That streak included a loss against the Predators last year in game seven of the opening round. That loss led the Ducks to fire head coach Bruce Boudreau and replace him with Randy Carlyle.
The move seems to have paid off with the Ducks winning the Pacific yet again, only this time to advance to the Western Conference Final.
Nashville was the final team into the Western Conference playoff field, but has found its best form of the season in the playoffs, sweeping the Stanley Cup favorite Blackhawks in round one before dispatching the Blues in six games in round two.
The Preds' historic run now continues on the road as the team will depart for California from Signature Air at 1:30 Thursday afternoon. Fans that wish to help send the team off are asked to be there by 12:30 p.m.
Grab your friends & carpool to the airport tomorrow at 12:30pm to send off the team!
Signature Flight Support
801 Hangar Ln., Nashville, TN
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) May 10, 2017
The entire Western Conference Final schedule is below. NewsChannel 5 will present a conference final preview show Friday night at 6:30 p.m. ahead of the puck drop for game one at 8 p.m.
- Game 1-Predators at Ducks, Friday 8 p.m.
- Game 2-Predators at Ducks, Sunday 6:30 p.m.
- Game 3-Ducks at Predators, Tuesday 7 p.m.
- Game 4-Ducks at Predators, Thursday 7 p.m.
- Game 5-Predators at Ducks, May 20th 6:15 p.m.*
- Game 6-Ducks at Predators, May 22nd 7 p.m.*
- Game 7-Predators at Ducks, May 24th 8 p.m.*