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Ellis seeks fifth-straight multipoint game for Nashville; Anaheim begins road trip

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (6-3-0) at PREDATORS (4-3-1)



The Game

Ryan Ellis can become the fifth defenseman in the past 20 years with a multipoint streak of at least five games when the Nashville Predators host the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

Ellis has eight assists in his past four games (two in each). If he has two points or more against the Ducks, he would join Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets, five games, Feb. 19-27, 2012), Andrej Sekera (Buffalo Sabres, five games, Feb. 26-March 6, 2011), Mike Green (Washington Capitals, six games, Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2009) and Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings, five games, Feb. 25-March 7, 2000).

Forward Filip Forsberg could miss his third consecutive game for the Predators because of a lower-body injury. The Predators are 1-2-1 in their past four games.

The Ducks, who are 2-1-0 in their past three games, will begin a four-game road trip. They have allowed two goals or fewer in eight of nine games this season.


Players to watch

Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg has five points (three goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak.

Nashville forward Kyle Turris has four points (two goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak.


They said it

"I think we're in a good spot. We're playing solid hockey. I thought we had a great chance of winning last game. We put ourselves in a good spot. Sometimes that's going to happen. We've just got to let these guys know it's going to be a tough environment to play in, and we've got to be ready for the start because they feed off the energy of the crowd." -- Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler on preparing young players to play against the Predators

"I'm trying my hardest out there and doing my best. Just trying to do my job on both ends of the ice. Sometimes you get the bounces and sometimes you don't." -- Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis on his point streak


Ducks projected lineup

Max Comtois -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Ondrej Kase

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Devin Shore -- Sam Steel -- Troy Terry

Nick Ritchie -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Michael Del Zotto -- Cam Fowler

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers, Max Jones

Injured: Brendan Guhle (lower body)


Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Mikael Granlund -- Kyle Turris -- Matt Duchene

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Miikka Salomaki -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Matt Irwin

Injured: Filip Forsberg (lower body)


Status report

Shore likely will enter the lineup in place of Jones. … The Predators held an optional morning skate; Forsberg did not participate.


Stat pack

Getzlaf has 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists) in 40 games against the Predators. … Duchene has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 27 games against the Ducks. ... Henrique has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past four games.

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