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Game Day: Ducks vs. Preds Preview

After starting one of the most crucial weeks of the season with a thrilling 2-1 win over divisional rival Dallas on Tuesday, the Nashville Predators will be looking to build on that momentum and continue climbing the standings tonight when they will host the Anaheim Ducks.

This is the second of three meetings between Nashville and Anaheim this season; it’s the second and final one at the Bridgestone Arena. The Preds are 1-0-0 against Anaheim this season, earning a 3-2 victory on Nov. 22 in Nashville.

Tuesday’s victory over Dallas gave the Preds straight-game wins, and after topping the Stars in the standings, Nashville will be looking to add to that total as the playoff push continues tonight against another fierce rival.

“It was a huge win for us,” said the Preds captain Romain Josi said Tuesday night after the win over the Stars. “There are a lot of big games this week and it’s tight right now in the standings with teams behind us and the teams ahead of us are a few points ahead of us in our division and it looks like all of those teams are continuing to win. So I think once you’ve gone head-to-head with them you want to do your best and obviously get the win… It’s definitely a good start.”

“We continually talk to our group about playing our best when the stakes are highest,” Preds head coach John Hynes said after the game Tuesday night. “I think these are good situations for our guys, for our culture, for our mindset – to play our best when the stakes are highest, and if you do that, you’re going to give yourself the best chance of winning. to be a good team on the stretch.”

Pres forward Nick Cousins returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing seven games with a lower-body injury. Before Matt Luffas well as defenders Philip Myers and Mark Borowiecki (overnight), were scratched on Tuesday. The Preds did not practice Wednesday, but are expected to hold a morning practice before tonight’s game.

Tweet from @brooksbratten: #Preds head coach John Hynes says Nashville won’t be making any changes to tonight’s roster against Anaheim. #ANAvsNSH

Video: Predators rally Stars in 3rd period for 2-1 win

The good ones :

Ryan Johansen (14) scored a critical goal late in the third period and Josi (15) scored the game-winning goal against the Stars with less than two minutes left in regulation time. Goalie Juuse Saros made 22 saves and earned his 27th win of the season. In games played through March 8, the Predators have seven skaters who have scored at least 11 goals, tied for fourth among NHL teams.

Predators rookies have scored 29 goals, the most in the NHL this season. The Nashville rookies have compiled 81 points and represent 17% of the team’s points, both tied for second in the NHL in 2021-22.

Josi (15g-45a) leads the points standings with 60, followed by Matt Duchene with 51 (27g-24a) and Philippe Forsberg with 46 (27g-19a). Mikael Granlund has 42 points (9g-33a), Johansen has 41 (14g-27a) and Tanner Jeannot a 32 (18g-14a). Goaltender Saros is now 27-17-3 in goal.

Video: Nick Cousins ​​previews Ducks vs. Preds

The opposition:

The Ducks have won three of their last five games but are coming off an 8-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Troy Terry leads his club in points with 49 (28g-21a), followed by Trevor Zegras with 43 (16g-27a) and Cam Fowler with 32 (6g-26a). Goaltender John Gibson is 17-16-8 in goal with a .907 save percentage.

All-Time Meetings:

The Predators are 33-31-(2)-11 against the Ducks, including a 23-11-(2)-3 record at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators are 2-2-1 in their last five games against the Ducks; they are 6-2-2 in their last 10; and 4-1-0 in their last five home games.

Video: Coach Hynes previews Ducks vs. Preds

Notable against Anaheim:

Josi scored his first career NHL goal on December 10, 2011 against Anaheim. He had 17 points (4g-13a) in 25 career regular season games and posted a five-game point streak (1g-6a) against the Ducks from Nov. 25, 2018 to Jan. 16, 2020.

Preds forward Duchene has four points (2g-2a) in his last six games against the Ducks. Colton Sissons has seven points (2g-5a) in 13 career games with Anaheim.

Forsberg has 12 points (4g-8a) in 17 career games against Anaheim, including three multi-point outings.

Watch and listen:

Tonight’s game will be streamed exclusively on ESPN+ and Hulu streaming services with a puck drop at 7 p.m. CT. For more on ESPN+ and Hulu, click here. On the radio side, Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Pre-game radio coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the region, Click here.