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The Nashville Predators take on the Anaheim Ducks for the second time this season, this time at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville and Anaheim are both on win streaks, but one of these teams will have to lose. The Predators are 7-3-4 with 18 points and ranked 4th in the Western Conference, while the Ducks are 10-2-1 with 21 points and ranked 2nd in the Western Conference. Puck drops at 7:07 PM CT/5:07 PM CT.
Nashville: SportsSouth and 102.5 The Game
Anaheim: Prime Ticker and AM 830
2-3 ANA OT
Line Up News
#35 Pekka Rinne
#30 Viktor Fasth
Projected Nashville Scratches: #7 D Jonathon Blum
Projected Anaheim Scratches: #2 D Nate Guenin, #25 W Brad Staubitz and #1 G Jonas Hiller (lower body); #4 D Cam Fowler (IR, upper body)
#33 Colin Wilson
#11 David Legwand
#10 Martin Erat
#74 Sergei Kostitsyn
#12 Mike Fisher
#57 Gabriel Bourque
#18 Brandon Yip
#13 Nick Spaling
#15 Craig Smith
#16 Rich Clune
#28 Paul Gaustad
#24 Matt Halischuk
#6 Shea Weber
#22 Scott Hannan
#59 Roman Josi
#8 Kevin Klein
#75 Hal Gill
#4 Ryan Ellis
#35 Pekka Rinne
#30 Chris Mason
#7 Andrew Cogliano
#9 Saku Koivu
#34 Daniel Winnik
#51 Kyle Palmieri
#15 Ryan Getzlaf
#10 Corey Perry
#9 Bobby Ryan
#74 Peter Holland
#8 Teemu Selanne
#62 Patrick Maroon
#13 Nick Bonino
#39 Matt Beleskey
#44 Sheldon Souray
#23 Francois Beauchemin
#5 Luca Sbisa
#32 Toni Lydman
#55 Bryan Allen
#6 Ben Lovejoy
#30 Viktor Fasth
#43 Jeff Deslauries
Thoughts on Both Teams
Predators: Nashville ends their home stand Saturday night against Anaheim. In this home stand, the Predators are 2-1-0 and have built a two game win streak.
The Predators will look to carry over the offensive spark from the third period of Thursday night's game against the Phoenix Coyotes into this game against the Ducks. Scoring has been a premium for the Preds, but due to the lineup changes Barry Trotz corrected, the players are starting to gel together.
For Nashville to win, they need score the first goal, keep the Ducks to the outside, block shots and give them no time or space.
Expect defenseman Hal Gill to return to the lineup Saturday after sitting out the past two games with an undisclosed injury. Trotz will put Gill back into the fold so he can play minutes on the penalty kill against a loaded Ducks team. Brian McGrattan was sent down to Milwaukee yesterday for a two week conditioning assignment.
Ducks: Saturday night's game in Nashville will be the second of back-to-back nights for the Anaheim Ducks. Friday night, they faced off against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena and was able to come out with a 5-2 win. Fortunately for the Ducks, Saturday night will be their last game of the road trip, even though it was a very successful one.
Anaheim is hot right now, winning seven of their last eight games. The success right now is coming from Viktor Fasth, who is slowly taking over the starting role for the team. Fasth started his winning streak against the Predators in his first ever North American start.
Jonas Hiller is currently out with a lower body injury, but is close to returning. Expect him to come back into the lineup when Fasth's streak comes to an end.
Defenseman Cam Fowler is on injured reserve with a upper body injury. Fowler is key addition to the Ducks' back end, especially on the power play. However, the usual superstars like Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan have stepped up on the scoring end to make up for the loss of Fowler. And isn't it funny how the Bobby Ryan rumors have ceased for now with the success of the team.
Anaheim Ducks Players to Watch:
#8 Teemu Selanne
#34 Daniel Winnik
#9 Bobby Ryan
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DUCKS (9-2-1) at RED WINGS (7-4-2)
TV: PRIME, FS-Detroit
Last 10: Anaheim 7-2-1; Detroit 6-2-2
The Anaheim Ducks head to Detroit to face the Red Wings for the first time since the retirement of Niklas Lidstrom and for the first time with Viktor Fasth in net.
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Certainly not the third period we were looking for. The effort was there most of the night, but turnovers were the Red Wings’ undoing in this game. The Ducks scored 4 of their 5 goals off of turnovers. Yes, injuries are a problem, but our key injuries are to forwards and the problem was on defense. Howard did what he could, but there were too many turnovers to overcome.
(Photo by: John Russel/Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-2 in a shootout for the second time in as many meetings. Ducks’ goaltender Viktor Fasth came up big in the shootout, stopping two of three attempts. Fasth also turned away 32 shots that came his way. Also, the Ducks ended their road trip on a high note, going 5-1-0. “It’s...
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Photo Credit: John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images
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