After collecting a victory in Los Angeles on Saturday, the Predators will try for a Southern California sweep tonight when they take on the Ducks in Anaheim. The Sunday night contest is the second of three meetings between the two rivals this season; the Preds beat the Ducks in Nashville, 6-1, back in October.
The Predators had lost three straight coming out of the Christmas break, but a 4-1 win over the Kings snapped that skid, as the group came together to put forth a 60-minute effort. Already without Ryan Ellis (upper-body injury) Colton Sissons (lower-body injury), both of whom are on Injured Reserve, the Preds were also forced to play without Dante Fabbro (upper-body injury, day-to-day) and Matt Duchene (illness) on Saturday.
"We need to win games," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said following Saturday's outing. "It's good to win a game, so that being said, we've got to go back to work. We've got a big game [tonight in Anaheim], and we need to follow it up."
With Ellis (IR) and Fabbro (day-to-day) out of the lineup against the Kings, Josi skated alongside Yannick Weber, Mattias Ekholm was with Jarred Tinordi and Dan Hamhuis saw time with Matt Irwin. Alexandre Carrier is also up with the Preds, but has not played a game in the NHL this season.
Video: Josi, Predators top Kings
Last Time Out:
Rocco Grimaldi, Ryan Johansen, Yakov Trenin and Craig Smith all tallied in Nashville's 4-1 victory in Los Angeles last night. Preds Captain Roman Josi also recorded two assists to boost his career-high point streak to nine games. That mark ties former captain Shea Weber for the longest point streak by a defenseman in franchise history.
Josi leads the club with 14 goals and 43 points, followed by Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene with 28 points. Forsberg also has 14 goals; Nick Bonino has 13 and Calle Jarnkrok has 12 tallies. Pekka Rinne stopped 23 shots last night in L.A. for his 14th win of the season.
The Ducks have lost their last three games, including a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with 15 goals and 28 points, followed by Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell with 25 points each. Adam Henrique has 12 goals on the season; Getzlaf and Rakell have 10 goals apiece. John Gibson is 12-16-3 in net for the Ducks; Ryan Miller is 4-4-2.
The Predators are 32-30-(2)-10 all-time against the Ducks, including a 10-20-(0)-7 record on the road. Nashville has earned at least a point in eight of their last nine games against Anaheim (6-1-2). The Preds have earned a point in three of their last four road meetings with the Ducks, going 1-1-2.
Notables Versus Anaheim:
Roman Josi scored his first career NHL goal on Dec. 10, 2011, versus Anaheim. He has 15 points (4g-11a) in 21 career regular-season games and is currently on a three-game point streak (1g-4a) against the Ducks.
Filip Forsberg has nine points (4g-5a) in his last eight regular-season meetings with the Ducks, and Matt Duchene has four points (2g-2a) in his last three games against the Ducks.
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