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“That’s not Bobby Ryan’s style. This is a first time offense if anything, and … I’m surprised. I didn’t even see it until after the game, was surprised to see what happened during the game. There’s no place for that,” Carlyle said.

The NHL suspended Chris Pronger in March 2008 for eight games when the All-Star defenseman was with the Ducks after he stomped on Vancouver center Ryan Kesler’s leg.

Ryan’s suspension gives the Predators a chance to take control of the series. They are 3-0 when playing Game 3 on home ice with wins over Detroit in 2004 and 2008 and a year ago against Chicago. This is a team that went 24-9-8 in Nashville, joining Vancouver and Washington as the only teams to have fewer than 10 regulation losses at home this season.

Nashville also went 10-2-1 in their final 15 home games.

“We’re just excited to be back home in front of the home fans (Sunday) night,” Nashville defenseman Shane O’Brien said. “They’ve been so good for us down the stretch. They’ve been so loud and so passionate.”

The crowd won’t help if the Predators don’t stop hurting themselves. Three of the six goals by the Ducks through the first two games came on the man advantage, two skating 5-on-3.

Trotz said he has just one message for his team.

“Just stay out of the box,” Trotz said.