Preview: Ducks vs Predators

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(7-5-3) finish the road trip in Nashville against the Predators(5-5-3). The Ducks won the first meeting 6-1 at Honda Center. Tonight’s game will be at 5 PM PT.

Anaheim Outlook

The Anaheim Ducks took out the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Thursday night. The Ryan Kesler line dominated the game with Jakob Silfverberg and Kesler each scoring two goals. The Ducks built a 3-0 lead in the second period. The Hurricanes did get one goal back in the second and another in the third to pull within one. With an extra attacker, Carolina tried to tie the game up in the final moments, but Kesler scored an empty net goal to preserve the victory for Anaheim.

Tonight the Ducks will face the Predators, who they blew out of Honda Center in the first meeting of the season. In that contest, Silfverberg got going offensively scoring his first two goals of the season. Since that game, he has scored three goals. His best game was just against Carolina where he registered four total points(2G + 2A). Silfverberg and the rest of the Ducks will look to repeat their previous performance against Nashville tonight.

Anaheim Projected Lineup

Nick Ritchie – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Joseph Cramarossa – Antoine Vermette – Rickard Rakell
Ryan Garbutt – Chris Wagner – Jared Boll

Cam Fowler – Josh Manson
Clayton Stoner – Sami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm – Kevin Bieksa

In Net
John Gibson (Probable)

Nashville Outlook

The Predators are coming off a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Nashville went down early 1-0, but then scored three unanswered goals, one by James Neal and two by Calle Jarnkrok, to earn the victory. The Predators had lost two previous games in a shootout against Arizona and Carolina, but have won their last two against Ottawa and St. Louis.

Nashville is going to need to bring their best against Anaheim. The Predators penalty kill is 78.0% efficient, which is 25th in the league. In the first meeting against the Ducks, the Predators were short-handed four times and the Ducks scored three times with the man advantage. Nashville also needs to do a better job in the face-off circle as they only won 45% of the draws in the first meeting. The Predators have found success on the power play with 24.0% efficiency, which is 6th in the league. If they can sustain a solid forecheck and get Anaheim to commit penalties, then they will have a better chance in this contest.

Nashville Projected Lineup

Viktor ArvidssonRyan Johansen – James Neal
Colin WilsonMike RibeiroCraig Smith
Filip ForsbergCalle JarnkrokPontus Aberg
Cody BassColton SissonsAustin Watson

Mattias EkholmP.K. Subban
Roman JosiRyan Ellis
Matt IrwinYannick Weber

In Net
Pekka Rinne (Probable)

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