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Nashville Returns to Anaheim in Western Conference Final Rematch

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

From north to south, the Predators continue their California trip this evening in Orange County as they prepare to face the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.

It'll be the first meeting between the two clubs since Nashville defeated Anaheim four games to two in last spring's Western Conference Final to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final. The Preds and Ducks have met in the postseason twice in the last two years, helping to boost a rivalry that was already prevalent.

It's a chance for the same names to renew acquaintances tonight, but also an opportunity for newcomers to make their mark on the meeting as the Predators look for their first win of November.

[Click here to see the Predators projected lineup for tonight's game]

"Watching the series against Anaheim last year, it was physical, there were fights, big hits, just some old school kinds of hockey and it's exciting to be a part of," Preds forward Scott Hartnell, who signed on for his second stint in Nashville this summer, said. "That's the part of my game I love, I love the physical part of it and to be on the Preds side is very fun for me."

Video: The Preds are in Anaheim for a playoff rematch

Last Time Out:

The Predators started their four-game road trip in San Jose on Wednesday night, falling to the Sharks, 4-1. Captain Roman Josi scored the lone goal for Nashville, while Pekka Rinne stopped 19 shots on the night.

The Opposition:

Prior to Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Toronto, the Ducks had won four of their last five outings. They're 6-5-1 on the season. Andrew Cogliano leads the club with nine points, while Rickard Rakell and Ondrej Kase have each found the back of the net on five occasions. However, the Ducks are expected to be without Captain Ryan Getzlaf, forwards Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves and defenseman Cam Fowler tonight, all four are out with injuries.

All-Time Meetings:

The Predators are 27-29-2-9 all-time against the Ducks, including a 9-19-0-6 regular-season record versus Anaheim at the Honda Center. However, Nashville has earned at least a point in three of its last four meetings with Anaheim and is 3-0 against them in all-time playoff series.

PK Prowess:

Nashville readily admitted after Wednesday's loss in San Jose they simply need to stay out of the box, but their penalty kill has been keeping them in games. Nashville went 7-for-8 on the penalty kill on Wednesday, maintaining its status as one of the League's best road PK units. The Preds have killed off 92.5 percent of penalties on the road, which ranks second to only San Jose (95.0 percent) in the NHL. The Preds have gone shorthanded on the road 40 times this season - most in the NHL - but have allowed only three road power-play goals.

Watch & Listen:

Tonight's game in Anaheim comes with a 9 p.m. CT start time with Predators Live pregame coverage beginning at 8:30 on Fox Sports Tennessee. The game can also be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Plus, follow PredsNHL on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for updates from Anaheim.

Streaming Info:

Listen to a Live Radio Feed (only active during the game broadcast window).

Watch a Live Stream of the game on the Fox Sports Go App or Watch on NHL.TV.

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