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Preview: Predators at Ducks

Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf will be game-time decision; Pekka Rinne in goal for Nashville

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

PREDATORS (2-3-0) at DUCKS (2-3-2)

10:30 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-TN, NHL.TV

Predators team scope

The Nashville Predators start a five-game road trip with their first visit to Honda Center since they defeated the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their Western Conference First Round series in April. Being back in the building brought back memories of a hard-fought series. "We knew that we were playing one of the best teams in the League," coach Peter Laviolette said. "I was really impressed with the way we defended in that game and protect that game." Nashville enters Wednesday with the NHL's second-best power play (47.4 percent); the Predators have scored at least one power-play goal in each of their first five games for the first time in franchise history. Laviolette said Nashville's success has come by getting pucks to the net and forsaking the extra pass. "I think we're just shooting a lot of pucks," defenseman Roman Josi said. "The guys in front of the net are doing a great job, with a couple goals being tipped. I think the one success factor is just getting pucks to the net and getting bounces."


Ducks team scope

The availability of first-line center Ryan Getzlaf will be a game-time decision. Getzlaf did not come out for the third period of the Ducks' 2-1 overtime loss at the San Jose Sharks in Tuesday after blocking a shot with his arm and wrist during the second period. Getzlaf received treatment in the morning. If Getzlaf is unavailable, Antoine Vermette will move up to center the top line with Nick Ritchie and Corey Perry, and Chris Wagner will move from right wing to center on the third line. "We'll move Wagner back into the middle and Vermette will move up," Carlyle said. "We'll have Vermette, [Ryan] Kesler, Wagner and [Michael] Sgarbossa as our centers." John Gibson will start in goal after playing 41:24 on Tuesday after Jonathan Bernier went down with an upper-body injury. The Ducks recalled Dustin Tokarski from San Diego of the AHL to back up Gibson. Bernier is listed as day to- day. "I got the call around 8 p.m., last night in the second period," Tokarski said. "It's immediate, especially with goalies, because when one goes down you've only got one more. I got the call and drove up last night, we're playing it by ear now."


Predators projected lineup

Viktor Arvidsson -- Ryan Johansen -- James Neal

Filip Forsberg -- Mike Ribeiro -- Kevin Fiala

Colin Wilson -- Mike Fisher -- Craig Smith

Calle Jarnkrok -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Matt Carle -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Marek Mazanec

Scratched: Harry Zolnierczyk, Matt Irwin

Injured: Miikka Salomaki (upper body), Anthony Bitetto (upper body), Cody Bass (upper body)


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Ryan Garbutt -- Chris Wagner -- Jared Boll

Joseph Cramarossa -- Michael Sgarbossa -- Emerson Etem

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner -- Sami Vatanen

Shea Theodore -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Nate Thompson (Achilles), Simon Despres (concussion symptoms), Jonathan Bernier (upper body), Ryan Getzlaf (upper body)

Status report

The Predators called up defenseman Matt Irwin from Milwaukee of the AHL on Monday. … Center Rickard Rakell has joined the Ducks and was on the ice for the optional morning skate. There's no timetable for his return from offseason abdominal surgery, and he has still not skated with full contact.


Who's hot

Forsberg has five assists during a three-game assist streak. Fisher has goals in back-to-back games. Arvidsson has three points in the past two games. Subban has three points in the past two games. Ribeiro has 56 points and is plus-25 in 53 career games against Anaheim. … Perry has two goals and two assists in his past four games. Vatanen has four points in the past five games. Getzlaf has four points in the past three games.

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