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NHL Game Day Preview: Ducks-Predators, Sabres-Flyers enter Game 5 all tied up

The Predators and Ducks enter Game 5 in a 2-2 series tie. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The Predators and Ducks enter Game 5 in a 2-2 series tie. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

BUFFALO SABRES AT PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Game 1: 1-0 Sabres

Game 2: 5-4 Flyers

Game 3: 4-2 Flyers

Game 4: 1-0 Sabres

Game 5: 7:30 Friday

Notes: Ryan Miller is the third Sabres goalie to register two shutouts in one playoff series and the first since Dominik Hasek did it to New Jersey in 1994… Ryan Miller has allowed eight goals on 59 shots in the losses this series, but zero goals on 67 shots in the two wins… Jeff Carter left Game 4 after hurting his right knee in a collision with Tyler Myers in the first period… The team that has scored first has won every game this series… Tim Connolly’s playoff scoring drought is at 27 games… Thomas Vanek has two goals, both on the power play, and is a series-worst minus-4… James van Riemsdyk has 20 shots to lead the series, but only one goal.

Quote worthy: "They're really doing a lot of whining. I didn't hear any whining when they had 10 power plays in Philly and I didn't hear any whining when the power plays in the first game were lopsided. But all of a sudden, there's all this whining about, we're getting away with murder?" – Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff on the Flyers.

THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES (our total game night star points in parenthesis)
1. Brian Boucher (7)
2. Ryan Miller (6)
3. Claude Giroux (3)

What they’re saying in Buffalo: John Vogl of the Buffalo News writes both Tylers need to step up for Buffalo.

What they’re saying in Philadelphia: Ray Parrillo of Philly.com writes the Flyers vow to come out hitting in Game 5.

Poll: Who will win Game 5?

NASHVILLE PREDATORS AT ANAHEIM DUCKS

Game 1: 4-1 Predators

Game 2: 5-3 Ducks

Game 3: 4-3 Predators

Game 4: 6-3 Ducks

Game 5: 10:00 Friday

Notes: The Ducks blew open Game 4 with three goals in the first 6:46 of the third period… Pekka Rinne was chased from the net in Game 4… Anaheim took the first eight shots of Game 4… Game 4 was the first time Anaheim outshot Nashville in the series… Martin Erat will miss Game 4 after being injured on a late hit by Jarkko Ruutu in Game 4… Ruutu was suspended one game for the hit and will not play Game 4 either… Bobby Ryan will return to the lineup after missing Games 3 and 4 with a suspension for stomping on Jonathan Blum’s foot… Shane O’Brien and Nick Spaling are the only Predators skaters without a point this series… Corey Perry leads all playoff scorers with eight points in four games… Rinne’s .860 save percentage is the worst in the playoffs and his 3.74 GAA is second-worst to Ilya Bryzgalov, who was swept.

Quote worthy:
"Now it's time to really show that what kind of group of guys that we are. It was the same situation last year up in Chicago. I think we can go back and little bit and learn from there." – Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.

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THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES
1. Corey Perry (5)
2. Ryan Getzlaf (5)
3. Shea Weber (4)

What they’re saying in Nashville: David Climer of The Tennessean writes the Preds need goalie Pekka Rinne to snap out of his slump.

What they’re saying in Anaheim: Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register writes about the back-and-forth vitriol between the two teams.

Poll: Who will win Game 5?

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