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2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule for Saturday, May 20

The Predators will be without their top centerman, Ryan Johansen, after undergoing thigh surgery following Game 4. The loss makes Nashville "huge underdogs" in the tied Western Conference Final.

It’s amazing how a few breaks can change the outlook of a series.

When Filip Forsberg sent Game 4 to overtime, it was reasonable to wonder if the Nashville Predators could steal the contest from the Ducks, placing Anaheim on the brink of elimination. Instead, the Ducks dug deep to win in overtime, tying the series 2-2.

If that wasn’t enough, the Predators dealt with stunning news shortly thereafter: their top center Ryan Johansen is out for the playoffs.

All of a sudden, things are leaning heavily toward the Ducks ... but the playoffs are a strange beast. The Western Conference Final has been a violent, exciting affair so far, so expect more of that fun in Game 5 on NBC tonight.

Here’s what you need to know:

Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks (Series tied 2-2)

Time: 7:15 p.m. ET

Network: NBC (Stream online here)

Check out highlights from Anaheim’s 3-2 overtime win in Game 4


Predators know it won’t be easy, especially without Johansen

Mike Fisher stands as another injury situation to watch