The first homestand of the New Year begins tonight as the Ducks host the Nashville Predators at Honda Center. (7 p.m. PT, TV: NBCSN, Radio: AM 830). The Ducks begins a stretch of five games over a nine-day period, including three at home and two on the road. This is the opener of a three-game homestand, which continues with Columbus on Tuesday and Dallas on Thursday.
The Ducks are looking to end a three-game losing streak, with losses to Philadelphia (OT), Vegas and - most recently - Arizona. For what it's worth, the Ducks have found tremendous success against the Predators here at Honda Center, posting a 27-7-3 mark all-time at home. Overall, the Ducks own a 40-26-8 mark vs. Nashville, and have won seven of their past eight (7-1-0) and nine of their past 11 (9-2-0) at Honda Center dating to Jan. 26, 2013. Ryan Getzlaf paces active Ducks in career scoring vs. Nashville with 45 points (15g/30a) in 41 career games. The captain has eight points (4g/4a) in five of his past six vs. Nashville.
Nashville is finishing off a back-to-back that opened with a 4-1 win last night in LA - the club's first game since the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium on New Year's Day. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and featured a multi-assist performance from captain Roman Josi. It pushed the defenseman's career-best point streak to nine games, a span that has seen him earn 17 points (7g/10a). Josi is tied with Shea Weber (Dec. 31, 2010-Jan. 16, 2011) for the longest point streak by a defenseman in Predators history. The 29-year-old leads all NHL defensemen in goals (14) and ranks second in points (43) behind Washington's John Carlson (51).
Like the Ducks, the Predators have been hit hard by injuries. Ryan Ellis is on injured reserve after taking an elbow to the head from former Ducks winger Corey Perry in the Winter Classic. Ellis ranks tied for second on the Preds in scoring with 28 points (6g/22a), and had appeared in every game of the season until missing last night's contest against the Kings. Matt Duchene (illness) and Dante Fabbro (upper body, day to day) also missed yesterday's game. Colton Sissons has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury.