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Anaheim has lost four straight games; Nashville may remove Arvidsson from top line

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (17-24-5) at PREDATORS (21-17-7)



The Game

The Anaheim Ducks will try to avoid a season-long five-game losing streak when they play against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

The Ducks have lost four games in a row and are 1-6-1 in their past eight games. They are playing the third of a four-game road trip and have lost their past five road games.

Nashville is 3-5-1 in its past nine games after going 6-2-2 in its previous 10. Forward Viktor Arvidsson was removed from the top line at the morning skate with Ryan Johansen and Calle Jarnkrok and put on the third line with Nick Bonino and Rocco Grimaldi. Craig Smith replaced Arvidsson on the No. 1 line.


Players to watch

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has one goal in his past 15 games. 

Predators defenseman Roman Josi has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in his past 14 games.


They said it

"My sense of the group after talking to a number of them is they understand where we're at. They're not dragging their lips and feeling sorry for themselves. They're not looking elsewhere for help. They know that we've got to dig in and get on the other side of these games." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins

"Everybody has been buying into the couple of changes. It's nothing major. I think defensively it's been a little bit of a change, but other than that I think guys have been buying in and I think the effort with our team has been better. That's proven to be successful so far." -- Predators forward Filip Forsberg on the response to the adjustments made by new coach John Hynes


Ducks projected lineup

Adam Henrique -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Daniel Sprong

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Jakob Silfverberg -- Derek Grant -- Rickard Rakell

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Devin Shore -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Larsson -- Michael Del Zotto

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Chase De Leo

Injured: Nick Ritchie (knee)


Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Craig Smith

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Viktor Arvidsson

Yakov Trenin -- Kyle Turris -- Colin Blackwell

Roman Josi -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Mattias Ekholm

Jarred Tinordi -- Yannick Weber

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Matt Irwin, Alexandre Carrier, Austin Watson

Injured: Ryan Ellis (upper body), Colton Sissons (lower body)


Status report

The Ducks assigned forwards Max Comtois and Isac Lundestrom to San Diego of the American Hockey League on Thursday. … Fabbro moved to a pair with Josi at the morning skate and Hamhuis moved to a pair with Ekholm.


Stat pack

Gibson is 5-5-0 with a 3.19 goals-against average and an .892 save percentage in 10 games against Nashville. … Forsberg has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 16 games against Anaheim.

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