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Josi has nine-game point streak for Nashville; Anaheim is 0-2-1 in past three

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

PREDATORS (19-15-6) at DUCKS (16-20-5)

10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV


The Game

Roman Josi will try to establish the longest point streak by a defenseman in Nashville Predators history when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.

Josi has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) during a nine-game point streak. Current Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber also had a point in nine straight with the Predators from Dec. 31, 2010 to Jan. 16, 2011. 

Nashville is playing the second game of a back-to-back after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Saturday to end a three-game losing streak.

Anaheim is 0-2-1 in its past three games and has one regulation win in its past 13 (4-8-1). 


Players to watch

Predators forward Craig Smith had a goal and an assist against the Kings and has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past eight games.

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg has a point in 10 of his past 13 games (six goals, four assists).


They said it

"We've got to start putting wins together. We've got to start putting points on the board. Every game is huge for us. We've got to have another effort like we did [Saturday] night." -- Predators forward Rocco Grimaldi

"In this League, any time you sit back and receive the game, more times than not, you're going to pick the puck out of your net. It's something we've addressed, even on the bench during the games. For some reason, we can't do it right now. We're definitely looking for solutions every day." -- Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Calle Jarnkrok -- Kyle Turris -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith  

Yakov Trenin -- Colin Blackwell -- Austin Watson 

Roman Josi -- Yannick Weber   

Jarred Tinordi -- Mattias Ekholm

Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Alexandre Carrier

Injured: Matt Duchene (illness), Dante Fabbro (upper body), Ryan Ellis (upper body), Colton Sissons (lower body) 


Ducks projected lineup

Adam Henrique -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Sam Carrick

Max Comtois -- Isac Lundestrom -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Daniel Sprong

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Devin Shore -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Larsson -- Michael Del Zotto

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Kiefer Sherwood

Injured: Nick Ritchie (knee), Troy Terry (knee), Derek Grant (shoulder), Rickard Rakell (upper body), Korbinian Holzer (lower body), Ondrej Kase (bone bruise)


Status report

Duchene and Fabbro was each a late scratch before the game against the Kings and their status against the Ducks was unknown as of Sunday morning. … Ellis and Sissons remain on injured reserve. ... Rakell is expected to miss his sixth straight game. … Kase and Holzer are expected to sit out after each sustained an injury in a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Sprong and Sherwood were recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Saturday. 


Stat pack

Josi has 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) this season, the most by a Predators player through 40 games in their history. … Bonino will play in his 600th NHL game. ... The Ducks are 2-12-3 when they outshoot their opponent this season.

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