(25-9-3) Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks (25-9-6)
7 P.M. | Honda Center
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game
Coming off of a dramatic 7-6 overtime victory against Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, the Nashville Predators are right back on the ice tonight for a meeting in Anaheim with the Ducks, the first of three outings between the two clubs this season.
Yesterday's contest against the Kings marked the second-highest goal output of the season for the Predators, with all but two Nashville skaters recording a point, including Mark Arcobello tallying a goal in his first game with the Preds and defenseman Roman Josi potting the game-winner just 18 seconds into overtime.
With an assist on Josi's goal, rookie forward Filip Forsberg has 36 points on the season, just one point away from tying the franchise record for most points by a rookie. Forsberg continues to lead the Preds and all NHL rookies in goals and points.
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne won his 25th game of the season on Saturday, having been in net for each of Nashville's victories in 2014-15. With the win against the Kings, Rinne became just the third goalie in the last 25 seasons to have recorded 25 wins in his first 33 starts. Former Ducks goaltender J.S. Giguere also shares that distinction.
Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf leads the club in points with 43 (13g-30a) in just 39 games. Winger Corey Perry, who missed some time this season due to injury, has 14 goals and 22 points on the campaign. Anaheim has utilized four different netminders this season with Frederik Andersen starting all but seven of the Ducks 40 games. Andersen is 21-6-5 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
Nashville has collected at least a point in eight of its last 12 games against the Ducks dating back to Jan. 5, 2011, going 6-4-2 in those games. The Preds are 24-25-(2)-7 against Anaheim all-time and 9-16-(0)-4 at Honda Center.
The Predators have now won 12 times this season after giving up the first goal, tied for first in the NHL. Nashville is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, while Anaheim is 6-3-1 over the same amount of contests.