It's almost too strange and too surreal for Ray Emery.

Four years ago, he and Predators forward Mike Fisher were both members of the Ottawa Senators. And they watched in extreme disappointment as the Anaheim Ducks skated around the Honda Center ice with the Stanley Cup after dispatching the Sens in five games of the 2007 finals.

It was Emery's last playoff memory with Fisher. In fact, it was Emery's last playoff memory before he suited up and played the final 19:04 for the Ducks here on Wednesday in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinals series against the Predators.

"We shared that Cup run and kind of fell short here," Emery said "It's funny how things end up and how you cross paths with different guys along the way."

Emery could start Game 2 today instead of Dan Ellis, who was yanked in the third period of Nashville's 4-1 win in Game 1.

Part of the reason for Emery's lapse between playoff series had to do with a debilitating hip injury that sapped his ability to play goal. That has made this series almost extra special.

"Playoffs is a whole different thing," Emery said. "That's what I really love about the game."

During his five years with Ottawa, Emery played well and backstopped the Senators to the 2007 finals, but there was always a question of how much he cared about the game. He landed in Philadelphia last season and played in 29 games.