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Predators visit Ducks in battle between best in West

by Curtis Zupke / NHL.com

PREDATORS (25-9-3) at DUCKS (25-9-6)

TV: PRIME, FS-TN

The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks were not expected to skate Sunday before they played at Honda Center.

Nashville comes off a wild 7-6 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday in which it blew a 6-3 lead with 2:01 remaining in regulation before defenseman Roman Josi won it 18 seconds into overtime.

The Predators will complete a difficult Southern California back-to-back in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference. Josi said Saturday that it was a good lesson to learn going into Sunday.

"I think it's the same with Anaheim," Josi said. "They play a tough game. They're really skilled offensively. We've just got to play like we did in the beginning [Saturday], play in their end, try and forecheck hard and make them turn the puck over."

Nashville could start goalie Carter Hutton after Rinne allowed six goals Saturday, the most since he allowed seven against the Dallas Stars last season.

"As a goalie, I never want to give up six goals," Rinne said. "I hate it. I can't stand it. So that takes away from it a little bit. But other than that, for sure, you look at the standings and you realize how big two points are. We will enjoy it …but personally it's something that's in the back of your head – giving up six goals."

The Ducks got right wing Kyle Palmieri back from a shoulder injury and reunited the line of Palmieri, left wing Matt Beleskey and center Ryan Kesler in a 4-3 win against the St. Louis Blues on Friday. Sixteen of the Ducks' past 18 wins have been by one goal and they lead the NHL with a 19-0-6 record in one-goal games.

Here are the projected lineups:

PREDATORS

Colin WilsonMike FisherViktor Stalberg

Filip ForsbergMike RibeiroCraig Smith

Gabriel BourquePaul GaustadOlli Jokinen

Calle JarnkrokEric NystromMark Arcobello

Roman JosiShea Weber

Anton VolchenkovSeth Jones

Mattias EkholmRyan Ellis

Carter Hutton

Pekka Rinne

Injured: James Neal (lower body), Matt Cullen (upper body), Taylor Beck (illness)

Scratched: Victor Bartley, Miikka Salomaki

DUCKS

Rene BourqueRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Matt BeleskeyRyan KeslerKyle Palmieri

Andrew CoglianoRickard RakellJakob Silfverberg

Devante Smith-PellyNate ThompsonTim Jackman

Cam FowlerBen Lovejoy

Hampus LindholmFrancois Beauchemin

Clayton StonerSami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Ilya Bryzgalov

Injured: Eric Brewer (foot)

Scratched: Patrick Maroon, Colby Robak, Mark Fistric

Status report: Neal is considered day-to-day. Anaheim reportedly had Bourque skate on the top line Saturday, and Bourque will appear to go back into the lineup after being scratched for two games. It is unclear who would come out in his place. Maroon reportedly was hit in the face by the puck Saturday and his status is unknown.

Who's hot: Josi is on a four-game point streak. Beleskey has 21 points in 40 games, his fastest start to a season in goals and points. Getzlaf has points in nine of his past 10 games.

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