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Game 15: Nashville @ Anaheim – Ducks vs “The Hicksville Hee Haws”, Round 2


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Nashville finishes off their road trip heading over to the Honda Center to face off against the Anaheim Ducks for the second time this season and the first time back in Anaheim since shocking the Ducks in a game 5 WCQF overtime win.

The Predators (7-5-2) dropped their first regulation loss in 5 games last night against the Kings 4-3, while the Ducks (5-6-3) have lost 5 straight and haven’t played since losing 5-0 against Detroit this past Saturday

This Year’s Series: 1-0-0 (1-0-0 Home, 0-0-0 Away)

This Season’s Video Recaps:
Game 1 – October 29th, 2011:

Looking at the Ducks: Just like Los Angeles last night, the Ducks are on a losing streak of their own. Dropping their past 5 in a row (which started with a 3-0 shutout to Nashville), Anaheim has scored only 6 goals in  that stretch, 4 of them came against Washington. Yet, just like the Kings, the Ducks have a prime chance to buck the trend with a revenge game against the Predators.

Normally, I wouldn’t really think twice about revenge games or how they could change a team’s attitude, but enter Jeff Miller, columnist for the OC-Register. As Miller points out in his lengthy article, Anaheim’s time to right the ship is right now, and against the “Hicksville Hee Haws”. I’m not sure if this is the best source of cannon fodder for either team, however maybe it’ll be enough for the Ducks…

Looking at the Predators: …or maybe it’ll be enough for the Predators. After dropping a 4-3 decision last night against the Kings, although Nashville DID make it interesting in the final 90 seconds, the Predators will have Pekka Rinne in net tonight, but not without another piece of Nashville’s lineup dropping out of the sky.

David Legwand was the recipient of a CLEAN, but VERY hard hit from Kings captain Dustin Brown last night, left the game right after, and is effectively out of the lineup for the Ducks game as well. Kostitsyn/Klein/Spaling are still questionable for tonights activities as well, which leaves a depleted offensive roster missing a key cog on the blue line.

For the Ducks to win: Get the puck past Pekka Rinne. Anaheim couldn’t solve Rinne the last go-around, but if the Ducks want to right the ship they’ll have to find a way to beat him tonight. Anaheim can score goals, that isn’t in question as they clearly have the talent for it. The real question is can they beat Pekka Rinne?

The Ducks have lost 3 straight to Rinne and 8 of the last 10 matchups against him. If they want to pull a win out of their hat it starts there.

For the Predators to win: Dig deep and overcome the depleted lineup. With injuries to different parts of the lineup, Nashville has lost some key players at the most inopportune time, but the Predators will have to find a way to win without them. With Pekka Rinne getting the call tonight for Nashville, the Predators will just have to find some offense.

Patric Hornqvist extended his goal-scoring streak to 6 games last night, 1 fewer than the franchise record, and Craig Smith scored as well to put him 1 point back of the rookie lead in points in the entire NHL. Getting contributions from these two and the whole “scoring by committee” approach should be enough to take Nashville back home with a win in the last game of their roadtrip.

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If you like what I have listed out here or if you have any questions/comments/concerns, feel free to let me know at kristopher.martel@thepredatorial.com

Stay frosty, friends