(7-1-2) Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks (1-7-2)
7:00 P.M. (CT) | Honda Center | #NSHvsANA
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game
The Nashville Predators head down the California coast to Orange County this evening to face the Anaheim Ducks, the third of four games on the Preds current road trip. Nashville fell in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings yesterday afternoon by a 4-3 final.
Tonight's contest at Honda Center is the second half of a back-to-back for the Preds. Last season, the Nashville posted a 10-7-5 record in back-to-backs, with a 7-1-3 record in the first half, and a 3-6-2 in the second.
The Predators have gone to the extra frame in four of their last six contests, winning twice in the shootout and falling twice in the overtime session.
Nashville enters tonight's contest with a 7-0 goal differential in first periods and have scored the game's first goal in eight of 10 contests, including four goals within the first 10 minutes. The Preds are the only NHL club who are yet to surrender a goal in the opening frame. The team also has a plus-14 shot differential (100-86) in the first, which is their greatest differential of any period.
After seeing his point streak come to an end after five games, James Neal got back on the scoresheet with a power-play tally on Saturday, his seventh goal of the season. Neal leads the Preds in points on the campaign with 10, the only member of the club in double digits.
Roman Josi (2g-6a) and Filip Forsberg (2g-6a) are both tied for second on the team in points with eight. Eric Nystrom and Craig Smith have each tallied three goals, while Mike Ribeiro and Seth Jones have registered five assists.
An early-season favorite to contend for the Stanley Cup, the Ducks have struggled, winning just once through 10 games this season. Corey Perry, Mike Santorelli and Hampus Lindholm share the team lead in points, with each player at three apiece. Players like Perry, Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf are still seeking their first tally for the Ducks in 2015-16. Frederik Andersen has a 2.05 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in net for the Ducks, but is 0-5-2 on the campaign.
The last time these two teams met 10 days ago, five different Nashville Predators, Ryan Ellis, Colin Wilson, Nystrom, Mattias Ekholm and Ribeiro, registered a goal to give the team a 5-1 win. Five different Preds registered multiple points, including Wilson (1g-2a) and Ellis (1g-2a) who each earned three points.
The Predators have won two of their last 10 games against the Ducks (2-5-3 record). All-time, the Preds are 24-27-10 against the Anaheim.