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Ducks and Predators look to rebound

by John Kreiser

PREDATORS (1-1-2) at DUCKS (2-1-0)

TV: FS-Tennessee, FS-West

Season series: It's the first of three meetings, two of which will take place at Honda Center. The Predators swept the four games last season and have won six straight regular-season games since Anaheim's 5-2 win on Jan. 7, 2010.

Big story: Game three of a team-record seven-game trip brings the Predators to Orange County, where the Ducks are looking for a do-over after getting hammered by Vancouver in their home opener Friday night.

Team Scope:

Predators: Like the Ducks, Nashville is looking to bounce back after a poor showing. In the Predators' case, it was a 3-0 loss at St. Louis on Thursday night in which they managed only 13 shots on goal and were outplayed from beginning to end.

"You come into St. Louis, this is a bees' nest -- they swarm you, they get on you, they have purpose and they work as a group," coach Barry Trotz said. "We weren't willing to play the game you need to play to compete at that level."

Ducks: After starting the season with wins in Vancouver and Calgary, the Ducks were greeted by a packed house at Honda Center for their home opener on Friday. Suffice it to say, most of the 17,529 fans didn't go home happy after the Canucks got some revenge for Anaheim's 7-3 opening-night win in Vancouver by routing the Ducks 5-0.

Anaheim allowed Vancouver to score three power-play goals in nine tries and generated almost nothing offensively.

"I think we did some good things, but special teams beat us," defenseman Cam Fowler said. "I think most of the penalties were deserved. It's our job to kill them off when one of our guys takes one. We didn't do that today, and it's something we have to work on going forward."

One thing Fowler is happy about is the chance to get right back on the ice in front of the home fans on Saturday.

"I think it's a positive for us," he said. "It's a quick turnaround, which is going to be tough. But to be able to come back here [Saturday night] in front of our home fans and put out a better effort is something we're looking forward to."

Who's hot: Both teams are coming off games in which they were shut out and beaten thoroughly. Martin Erat is the only Predator with as many as two goals; he and Patric Hornqvist lead Nashville with four points. Goaltender Pekka Rinne has a 9-2-2 record with a 1.95 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in 13 career starts against Anaheim. .… Daniel Winnik is the surprise leading in goal-scoring for the Ducks with four.

Injury report: Nashville is missing checking center Paul Gaustad, who's out with an upper-body injury. … The Ducks are healthy.

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