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Steven Stamkos

Predators, Ducks will close 1st round after 2nd round begins

The NHL and NBA have their playoffs at roughly the same time. When it comes to nail-biters, it's no contest in terms of volume.

The Anaheim Ducks will host the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night (10 p.m. EDT, NBCSN) as they close out the first round with a Game 7 — the 40th in the league since 2009. Over the last seven-plus postseasons, the NHL has had 35 Game 6s, 24 Game 5s and just 14 sweeps.

In that same time, the NBA has had 21 Game 7s along with 21 sweeps, according to STATS, while 27 series have gone to Game 5s and 39 have been pushed to a Game 6.

The Ducks are desperately hoping to fare much better against Nashville than the previous three times...

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