The Anaheim Ducks will try to avoid their third straight listless performance on Friday night at home. Facing the Nashville Predators should help.
The Ducks look to continue their domination over the Predators at the Honda Center in Anaheim's first game under new general manager Bob Murray.
Anaheim is 15-1-2 all-time at home against Nashville, with the regulation loss coming in January 2001. Since then, the Ducks have gone 11-0-2 while outscoring the Predators 44-22.
The Ducks hope that kind of production will continue. After scoring 35 goals in an 8-0-1 run from Oct. 21-Nov. 5, Anaheim has totaled only three in losses to Dallas and Florida.
Corey Perry opened the scoring early on Sunday, but the Ducks lost 3-1 as the Panthers' David Booth recorded a hat trick.
"I didn't think we were physical enough, and I didn't think we executed to the level that necessary until later in the hockey game," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "In the NHL, it takes 60 minutes to win and I don't think we played 60 minutes."
The Ducks' high-scoring trio of Ryan Getzlaf (19 points), Perry (18) and Teemu Selanne (15) have played well in Anaheim against Barry Trotz's club.
Getzlaf has points in five games there, totaling two goals and seven assists, while Perry has scored in each of his last two home appearances. However, Selanne has had the most success, with five goals and five assists in four games since rejoining the Ducks in 2005.
Another player to watch is Chris Kunitz, who has points in all seven home games he's played against Nashville, tallying four goals and eight assists. He's tied for fifth on the team with 10 points in 2008-09.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere has started 12 times against Nashville since the regulation loss, and has gone 10-2-0 with a 1.64 goals-against average and three shutouts. Should he get the start, he also will be looking for his seventh consecutive home win over the Predators and the 199th of his career.
Murray, a former player and general manager with Chicago who had been Anaheim's vice president of hockey operations the last three seasons, takes over for Brian Burke, who resigned on Wednesday.
"We have to go out and produce on the ice, and the rest of the stuff will take care of itself," defenseman Chris Pronger told the Ducks' official Web site. "We have a guy in place that is going to be here, and keep things moving forward."
Burke helped guide the Ducks to three straight playoff appearances, and the club's lone Stanley Cup championship in 2007.
After losing the first three games on their six-game road trip, Nashville got a superb effort on Tuesday from Dan Ellis, who made 54 saves in a 4-3 overtime win against Pacific Division-leading San Jose.
Ryan Suter and Vernon Fiddler scored in the third to tie the game, and Ville Koistinen got the winner in the extra period, but Trotz said Nashville (7-7-1) shouldn't have won this one.
"We stole this game," he said. "Danny Ellis stole it, bottom line. He's the reason we won."
Ellis is 2-6-1 with a 3.27 GAA in nine road games this season. In his only career appearance versus the Ducks, he allowed five goals on 37 shots in a 5-2 loss at Anaheim on Jan. 7.
J.P. Dumont leads the Predators with 15 assists and 17 points, but hasn't scored in seven games. He has four goals in his last six visits to Anaheim.