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Preview: Ducks Look to Get Back on Track Tonight in Nashville

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

Having had two full days between games, the Ducks are hoping a little bit of time away from the rink will do themselves some good. They get back at it tonight in the third game of their four-game road trip, and it comes against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. (5 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). The Ducks are looking for their first win of the road trip and aiming to snap a four-game losing streak.

This is the opener of a back-to-back, which concludes tomorrow night against Carolina. After that, the Ducks won't play against until Jan. 27 in San Jose because of the bye week and All-Star break. The Ducks come in with a 17-24-5 record (39 points) and a 2-7-1 mark over their past 10.

The Predators are looking to claw their way back into the playoff race. Despite a 4-2 loss on Tuesday night in Edmonton, they remain a handful of points behind the first and second wild card teams. Nashville brings a 21-17-7 record (49 points) into tonight's game, including a 4-5-1 mark in its past 10. Roman Josi paces the Predators in scoring with 46 points (14g/32a) in 45 games. He posted a franchise-setting 12-game point streak (7g/12a) from Dec. 16-Jan. 9, the longest point streak by a defenseman in the NHL this season and the longest by a blueliner since Philadelphia's Shayne Gostisbehere (15 games) in 2015-16.

Tonight's meeting is the finale of a three-game season series between the Ducks and Predators, which has seen each club win on home ice. They first met on Oct. 22 at Bridgestone Arena, a 6-1 Predators victory. The Ducks returned the favor with a 5-4 shootout win at Honda Center on Jan. 5.

The Ducks own a 41-26-8 all-time record vs. the Predators, including a 13-18-5 mark at Bridgestone Arena. With 48 points (15g/33a) in 42 career games, Ryan Getzlaf leads active Ducks in career scoring vs. Nashville.

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