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At the Rink: Predators at Ducks

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com

ANAHEIM - The Anaheim Ducks are back at Honda Center after a winless five-game road trip to play the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

The Ducks lost to Nashville 5-1 to start that road trip and coach Bruce Boudreau said a win against one of the top teams in the Western Conference could be enough to put the Ducks back on a winning path.

"We want to get back to that because that's the way we play," Boudreau said following practice Saturday. "Would it be better against a big team like Nashville? I think it would be. We will talk about it."

The Ducks finished the road trip with games against the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues, and felt they made strides they would like to carry over.

"We didn't get the results the last three games, but we felt we played better hockey," Ducks center Shawn Horcoff said. "You have to give them some credit, but there were times during those games when we were really able to play the type of hockey we need to play to be successful. For us, it's a matter of putting 60 minutes together. We know it's going to turn one of these days."

Predators coach Peter Laviolette said goalie Carter Hutton could make his second start of the season, giving Pekka Rinne a day off following a back-to-back, but said Rinne is still a possibility.

Neither team skated Sunday.

Nashville is coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Defenseman Ryan Ellis tied the game with 6:04 left in the third period before Kings forward Jeff Carter scored the overtime winner.

"I thought we played a pretty solid game," Predators defenseman Seth Jones said. "We battled all night. They're a good team. They're hot right now. They've now won seven in a row. So we knew we'd have our hands full, but I thought we played a pretty good game."

Here are the projected lineups:

PREDATORS

Filip Forsberg - Mike Fisher - James Neal

Colin Wilson - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith

Gabriel Bourque - Cody Hodgson - Calle Jarnkrok

Eric Nystrom - Paul Gaustad - Austin Watson

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Barret Jackman - Seth Jones

Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis

Carter Hutton

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Miikka Salomaki, Victor Bartley, Anthony Bitetto

Injured: None

DUCKS

Carl Hagelin - Ryan Kesler - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Shawn Horcoff - Jakob Silfverberg

Jiri Sekac - Rickard Rakell - Chris Stewart

Patrick Maroon - Chris Wagner - Mike Santorelli

Hampus Lindholm - Kevin Bieksa

Cam Fowler - Korbinian Holzer

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Joe Piskula

Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (appendix), Josh Manson (undisclosed), Simon Despres (upper body), Nate Thompson (shoulder)

Status report: The Ducks are still without Getzlaf, who was sidelined last week after having a non-emergency appendectomy.

Who's hot: The Predators have yet to give up a goal in the first period… Neal's seven goals are tied for second in the NHL… The Ducks' penalty kill has been one of few bright spots this season. At 90.9 percent, it's second in the League.

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