ANDERSEN GUIDES DUCKS TO VICTORY IN BATTLE OF TOP TEAMS
The Anaheim Ducks opened a four-goal lead before the five-minute mark of the second period and Frederik Andersen made a season-high 44 saves to help Anaheim defeat the Nashville Predators 5-2 and improve to 8-2-0 in its past 10 games.
* With the victory, the Ducks (34-12-6, 74 points) passed the Predators (33-12-6, 72 points) into first place in the NHL standings; the St. Louis Blues (34-13-4, 72 points) also have 72 points. Nashville and St. Louis each hold one game in hand and hold the ROW tiebreaker over Anaheim (NSH: 29, STL: 28, ANA: 27).
* The Ducks handed the Predators their first home loss since Dec. 6, halting Nashville's home winning streak at a franchise-record nine games. Anaheim is 7-1-0 in its past eight games against Nashville dating to Jan. 26, 2013, including wins in their two games this season.
* Andersen registered his 29th win of the season to tie Pekka Rinne for the NHL lead. He has compiled a record of 49-12-5 in his first 71 games.