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At the Rink: Ducks at Predators

by Robby Stanley /

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators will try to continue their outburst of offense when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SD, FS-TN).

The Predators have scored 15 goals in their past three games, including a 7-5 win against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 10 and a 7-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets four days later.

"We've had a lot of games where we've had a lot of chances and we just couldn't find the back of the net," Predators defenseman Roman Josi said. "We just told ourselves to keep going and eventually those pucks are going to go in. We believe we have to play a certain way to be successful. Sometimes there is a couple of games where the luck is not on your side, but you just stick with it and they're eventually going to go in."

Josi said the Predators are shooting the puck with a lot of confidence. They feel like every shot they take has a chance of finding the net.

"If you score a lot of goals, that gives you some confidence," Josi said. "You just want to keep shooting and hopefully the goals keep coming."

Anaheim won 4-1 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday in the first game of a four-game road trip and is hoping that win can be a launching pad for success for the remainder of the trip.

"We've got to come in here, and we've got to play better against this team," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Confidence builds as it goes. It's like a snowball that gets bigger going downhill. We won our first game in three and it felt good, but today is a day where we're playing a much tougher opponent. If we could sneak one out here, it would make it easier [to have] more confidence going down to Florida."

Here are the projected lineups:


Rickard RakellRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Nick RitchieRyan KeslerChris Stewart

Carl HagelinShawn HorcoffAndrew Cogliano

Patrick MaroonMike SantorelliJakob Silfverberg

Cam FowlerKevin Bieksa

Hampus LindholmKorbinian Holzer

Clayton StonerSami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Anton Khudobin

Injured: Simon Despres (concussion), Jiri Sekac (ankle), Nate Thompson (shoulder), Kenton Helgesen (foot)

Scratched: Josh Manson, Shea Theodore, Michael Sgarbossa


Filip ForsbergMike RibeiroCraig Smith

Colin WilsonMike FisherJames Neal

Miikka SalomakiCalle JarnkrokCody Hodgson

Gabriel BourqueColton SissonsAustin Watson

Roman JosiShea Weber

Mattias EkholmRyan Ellis

Barret JackmanSeth Jones

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton

Injured: Eric Nystrom (upper body), Paul Gaustad (lower body)

Scratched: Victor Bartley, Anthony Bitetto

Status report: Manson has the flu and Boudreau said he would be a game-time decision at best. … Andersen is expected to start after Khudobin started against Carolina. … Rinne was the first goaltender off the ice for the Predators at the morning skate and is expected to start.

Who's hot: Hagelin had one goal and two assists against Carolina. … Smith had one goal and two assists against Winnipeg.

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