Game 68: Pair Of Winning Streaks On The Line Today

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(34-21-12) hit the road to face the Nashville Predators (43-14-9). The game starts at 5:00 PM PT and will be on Prime Ticket locally and AM 830.

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Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks are currently on a three-game winning streak beating Columbus, Chicago, and Washington. At the moment Anaheim is in second place in the Pacific Division just ahead of San Jose and Los Angeles. Rickard Rakell has been on fire lately and leads the team with 28 goals. Adam Henrique has 20 goals(16 with Anaheim) and Ondrej Kase has 17 goals.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks have been putting together some solid efforts lately. The top nine forwards have been providing enough scoring and the top four defensemen have been playing solid defensively. Going into the hostile Bridgestone Arena, the Ducks are going to need to score first against the Predators who have been streaking as well.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup:

Rickard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Andrew CoglianoRyan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie – Adam Henrique – Ondrej Kase
Jason Chimera – Derek Grant – Chris Kelly

Cam Fowler  – Brandon Montour
Hampus Lindholm – Kevin Bieksa
Francois Beauchemin – Josh Manson

In Net
John Gibson, 25-15-6, GAA 2.46, SV% .927 (Confirmed)

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Nashville Outlook:

The Predators had been on a roll winning nine games in a row. Nashville has 95 points which leads the Central Division and Western Conference overall. Viktor Arvidsson leads the team with 24 goals. Kevin Fiala has 21 goals and Craig Smith has 20 goals.

Keys To The Game

The Nashville offense has been on fire lately scoring 39 goals during their nine-game winning streak. They rank sixth in the league scoring 3.20 goals per game. Their power play ranks 4th in the league with 22.3% efficiency. The Predators will look to work the forward and get the Ducks into penalty trouble.

Nashville’s Projected Lineup:

Filip ForsbergRyan JohansenViktor Arvidsson
Ryan HartmanKyle TurrisCraig Smith
Scott Hartnell – Nick BoninoCalle Jarnkrok
Colton SissonsMike Fisher – Austin Watson

Mattias EkholmRyan Ellis
Alexei EmelinP.K. Subban
Anthony BitettoYannick Weber

In Net
Pekka Rinne, 36-9-4, GAA 2.29, SV% .928% (Confirmed)

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March 8th, 2018