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Ryan Getzlaf to play in 800th NHL game with Anaheim; Nashville seeks to extend point streak to six

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS (7-5-3) at PREDATORS (5-5-3)

8 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-TN, NHL.TV

 

Ducks team scope

Captain Ryan Getzlaf will play in his 800th career NHL game, all with the Anaheim Ducks. "It's another step along the way," Getzlaf said. "Obviously in this League, it's not easy. It's a tough League to be a part of, but all of those milestones along the way are big." The Ducks have won seven of their past 11 games and are starting to find some consistency. "I think that we like the depth of our lineup," coach Randy Carlyle said. "We have some interchangeable parts. I think that if you look at the way we're set up, I think we've been pretty consistent. This is what we planned more so than what we had at the beginning of the year." It's the final game of a three-game road trip (1-0-1).

 

Predators team scope

After a strong start to the season, the Nashville Predators power play has gone 0-for-17 in the past five games. Defenseman Roman Josi said they need to get more shots on net. "I think we're passing up some shot opportunities in the last couple games," Josi said. "The first couple games when we were successful, we shot the puck a lot so we've just got to get back to that." The Predators have points in five straight games (3-0-2). They lost 6-1 to the Ducks on Oct. 26 at Honda Center. "The only thing we take [from the loss] is to kind of have the mindset of being [mad]," forward Ryan Johansen said. "They kicked our butts in Anaheim so we're going to try to come in tonight and give it right back to them."

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Joseph Cramarossa -- Antoine Vermette -- Nick Ritchie

Ryan Garbutt -- Chris Wagner -- Michael Sgarbossa

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner -- Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Jared Boll, Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Simon Despres (concussion), Nate Thompson (Achillies)

 

Predators projected lineup

Viktor Arvidsson -- Ryan Johansen -- James Neal

Colin Wilson -- Mike Ribeiro -- Craig Smith

Filip Forsberg -- Mike Fisher -- Calle Jarnkrok

Cody Bass -- Calle Jarnkrok -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Pontus Aberg, Matt Carle

Injured: Anthony Bitetto (upper body), Miikka Salomaki (upper body)

 

Status report

Gibson is expected to start in goal for the Ducks. … Subban did not participate in the morning skate and has not practiced since Monday, but has not missed a game. … Rinne is expected to start in goal for the Predators.

 

Who's hot

Kesler has four goals in his past three games and leads the Ducks with six. … Neal has a goal in three straight games.

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