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Predators start California trip in Anaheim

Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 10:09 AM

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

PREDATORS (9-6-5) at DUCKS (13-3-1)

TV: FS-Tennessee; PRIME

Last 10: Nashville 4-4-2; Anaheim 8-2-0)

Season series: It's the third and final meeting between the teams this season. The Ducks have won both of the two previous meetings the same way -- 3-2 in a shootout.

Big story: The Predators start a three-game swing through California in Anaheim, where the Ducks have won six in a row and are comfortably in front of the Pacific Division.

Team Scope:

Predators: Nashville took a big hit during the offseason when All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter signed with Minnesota as a free agent. Shea Weber got off to a slow start without his longtime partner, but it looks like the pairing of Weber and Roman Josi is starting to click. Weber has started to produce offensively with three goals and seven points in his past seven games, while Josi is coming off the best game of his career, a two-goal, two-assist performance in which he scored the OT winner in a 5-4 victory against Dallas on Monday night.

"Early Roman and Shea, I think there's a little bit of a learning period," coach Barry Trotz said. "But I think when you put a guy like Roman who hasn't played a whole year in the League, he's playing with Shea Weber and he's playing important minutes, sometimes that can be a little bit intimidating."

Ducks: Anaheim will be sorry to see February turn into March. Despite Monday's 5-2 loss at Los Angeles, the Ducks are 10-2-0 this month -- including a 3-2 shootout win at Nashville 11 days ago. A victory will match the team record for wins in a month, set in March 2006 and matched in March 2011.

The loss at L.A. was the first NHL defeat for Swedish goaltender Viktor Fasth, who had won his first eight starts.

"It had to come at some point," Fasth said of the loss. "For every win you have, you get closer to a [loss]. Just start over, and work hard in practice … we have to forget this and move on."

Who's hot: Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne is 8-3-1 in his last 12 games, allowing just 20 goals in that span. … Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has six points in Anaheim's past three games, while linemate Corey Perry has four goals and eight points during a five-game point-scoring streak.

Injury report: Nashville center Paul Gaustad (upper body) and defenseman Hal Gill (lower body) are day-to-day. … The Ducks report no injuries, though they recalled forward Emerson Etem from their AHL affiliate in Norfolk and sent down forward Peter Holland.

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 27 '13NSH 1 at ANA 5K. Palmieri
Feb 16 '13ANA 3 at NSH 2 - SOC. Perry
Jan 26 '13NSH 2 at ANA 3 - SOC. Perry
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
C. Wilson2151015-1411
M. Erat203811-42401
S. Kostitsyn21279+8410
M. Fisher21448+31410
S. Weber21358+31301
R. Josi21347+2401
D. Legwand21347+1810
P. Hornqvist11257-1620
G. Bourque19426+4412
R. Ellis21246+2420
K. Klein21156+1000
C. Smith21325-3810
B. Yip18235+01700
J. Blum13145+2200
N. Spaling21314-71000
R. Clune20123+23901
P. Gaustad14123-11200
S. Hannan21011-91800
M. Halischuk15011-4600
H. Gill15000-1800
B. McGrattan2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
P. Rinne198-6-4394812.10.919
C. Mason41-1-19873.03.897
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Getzlaf1861521+91021
S. Koivu1861117+10830
C. Perry1851217+102433
T. Selanne1851116+2420
B. Ryan185914+0010
F. Beauchemin1821113+13800
K. Palmieri18729+1423
D. Winnik18549+7600
A. Cogliano18549+6201
N. Bonino18549-5810
S. Souray18448+132522
M. Beleskey18325+22400
B. Lovejoy11044-3000
L. Sbisa17033+0600
E. Etem9033+2200
B. Allen18022+02100
T. Lydman15022-2800
P. Maroon6101+1000
P. Holland5101+0410
C. Fowler9011+1400
B. Staubitz7000-13900
D. Smith-Pelly5000-2000
R. Rakell4000-2000
S. Vatanen3000+1000
J. Hendry2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
V. Fasth119-1-0212851.92.926
J. Hiller85-2-1252063.34.879