NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Nashville Predators hit California Thursday afternoon only hours after learning their opponent in the Western Conference Final.
The Anaheim Ducks advanced close to midnight Wednesday night when they beat Edmonton 2-1 to win their series four games to three.
The Predators waited three full days to find out just who their opponent would be and head coach Peter Laviolette was glad to focus in on an opponent.
“I mean, we start planning and doing some work and that’s a good thing. So, we know where we are going and what we are doing,” he said.
The Predators went 1-1-1 against the Ducks this season and beat them in seven games last year in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.
Forward Filip Forsberg said he’s not expecting a short series.
“They’re a really good team and have proven themselves to be a tough opponent for a bunch of years and obviously we had a fun series against them last year. Yeah, we expect nothing else this time,” he said.
It’s the third time the Preds have met the Ducks in the playoffs and center Ryan Johansen admits there are no secrets at this point.
“We know what to expect. We know what they’re capable of and there are certain individuals and tendencies that they do so, like I just said, there’s nothing that’s going to surprise us,” Johansen said.
The Predators flew out to Anaheim at 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon and a crowd of about 200 fans were there to send them off.
Game one is Friday at 8 p.m. in Anaheim.