Preview: Ducks Battle The Predators

Photo: USA Today

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(33-22-10) continue their homestand against the Nashville Predators(32-24-9). The Ducks are 1-1-0 against the Predators this season.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks got plenty of shots in their last game against the Canucks piling up 44 in the game, but they were only able to get one goal. Patrick Eaves scored the lone goal and now has goals in back-to-back games with the Ducks. The Ducks are currently two points out of second place in the Pacific Division, but Calgary is now tied with them. Rickard Rakell leads the team with 26 goals. Ryan Kesler has 19 goals and Jakob Silfverberg has 18.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks have now altered wins and losses during their last 11 games. The Ducks traded blowout wins with the Predators, so it’s anyone’s guess how the game will go. Anaheim needs to score first and continue to work the forecheck. The power play has also struggled as well. If Anaheim is unable to score more than two goals a game, then they are going to have to rely on their defense to win them games.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup

Nick Ritchie – Ryan Getzlaf – Ondrej Kase
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Patrick Eaves – Rickard Rakell – Corey Perry
Logan ShawNate ThompsonJared Boll

Cam Fowler – Sami Vatanen
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Korbinian Holzer – Kevin Bieksa

In Net
Jonathan Bernier 10-7-2, GAA 2.85, SV% .905 (Unconfirmed)

Nashville Outlook:

The Predators are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and are currently in 3rd place in the Central Division. They are way behind Minnesota and Chicago so they will likely finish in third place or in a wild card spot. Filip Forsberg leads the team with 26 goals. Viktor Arvidsson has 23 goals and James Neal has 18.

Keys To The Game

Nashville is in the top ten in scoring averaging just under three goals per game at 2.92. They do also give up 2.78 goals per game as well. Ten of their last 12 games have had a combined score of seven goals or more. This game could be another high scoring affair for Nashville. If the Predators want to make a push now and in the playoffs, then they need to tighten up their defensive game.

Nashville’s Projected Lineup

Filip Forsberg – Ryan Johansen – Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala – Mike Fisher – Craig Smith
Colin Wilson – Calle Jarnkrok – James Neal
Cody McLeod – Vernon Fiddler – Austin Watson

Mattias Ekholm – P.K. Subban
Roman Josi – Matt Irwin
Anthony Bitetto – Yannick Weber

In Net
Pekka Rinne, 25-16-6, GAA 2.54, SV% .914 (Unconfirmed)

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March 7th, 2017