Saturday, June 22, 2024

NHL Preview: Anaheim Ducks (8-6-0) at Nashville Predators (5-9-0)

ANAHEIM DUCKS NOTES:

INJURIES

PLAYER INJURY / ILLNESS EXPECTED TIME MISSED GAMES MISSED

Trevor Zegras Lower-body Day-to-day 2

Jamie Drysdale Lower-body Day-to-day 12

Brock McGinn Lower-body Day-to-day 14

Isac Lundestrom Torn Achilles Approximately 6 months 14

2023-24 Man Games Lost: 56

TONIGHT’S GAME:

The Anaheim Ducks begin a two-game road trip tonight when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena for the first contest a of back-to-back matchup (6:00 p.m. PT, TV: ESPN+/Hulu, AUDIO: Ducks Stream). Anaheim enters tonight 7-2-0 in their last nine contests in addition to four consecutive road win, with three of those coming via third period comebacks. Anaheim’s las four straight wins on the road were part of a six-game win streak away from Honda Center Nov. 27 to Dec. 17, 2018 (6-0-0). The Ducks have scored 33 goals the last nine games while killing 31-of-36 penalties (86.1%). Anaheim has also killed 17 straight penalties dating to Oct. 30 (span of six games), their longest stretch this season. Tonight continues a stretch of six games in a span of 10 days (third game) through Nov. 19 and a stretch of 11 games in 21 days to close out November. The Ducks enter tonight’s contest 8-6-0 this season while ANAHEIM DUCKS MEDIA NOTES opponents have a combined 52-40-5 record entering at the start of games. The Ducks continue their 14-game November schedule (10 home, four road), posting a 159-138-66 record in the month all-time. Tonight also opens Anaheim’s x back-to-back matchup this season, posting a 1-3-0 record overall (0-2-0 in the first game). Following tonight’s game, the Ducks will visit the Colorado Avalanche, tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 15 (6 p.m. PT) to close out their back-to-back matchup.

HATS OFF:

Anaheim leads the NHL with four hat tricks this season. The Ducks’ three hat tricks the first 10 games this season were tied for the second-most the last 40 years (NYI recorded four in 1983-84). Only Anaheim and Edmonton (2022-23) have scored three hat tricks the first 10 games of a season since 1988-99 (PIT). Anaheim’s hat tricks include Leo Carlsson (3-0=3 Nov. 10 vs. PHI), Troy Terry (3-1=4 Nov. 1 @ ARI) and Frank Vatrano (two, 3-0=3 Oct. 26 @ PHI and 3-0=3 Oct. 15 vs. CAR). The four hat tricks mark the first time the Ducks have had four hat tricks in a season since 2011-12 (four) and trails only the club record of seven in 2010-11. Vatrano is one of two players this season with multiple hat tricks (also Auston Matthews, 3).

NASHVILLE PREDATORS NOTES:

ALL-TIME vs. ANAHEIM

OVERALL (82 GP) 38-31-(2)-11

HOME (41 GP) 25-11-(2)-3

ROAD (41 GP) 13-20-(0)-8

LAST MEETING March 12, 2023 at ANA (OTW, 5-4)

PLAYOFFS (3-0) Last: 2017 WCF (W, 4-2)

− The Predators are 38-31-(2)-11 all-time against the Ducks, including a 25-11-(2)-3 record at Bridgestone Arena. − This is the first of three matchups between Nashville and Anaheim in 2023-24; it is the first of two at home. − The Predators are 5-0-0 in their last five games against the Ducks, they are 7-2-1 in their last 10; and 4-1-0 in their last five at home. − Nashville went 3-0-0 against Anaheim last season, with two of its three victories coming in overtime. In the most recent meeting, Tommy Novak scored the OT winner as the Predators defeated the Ducks, 5-4, at the Honda Center on March 12. − The Predators enter Tuesday on a six-game winning streak against the Ducks, a run that began on Nov. 22, 2021. It is tied for Nashville’s longest winning streak vs. Anaheim in franchise history (also: Jan. 5, 2011-March 18, 2012). − Nashville has earned at least one point in 15 of its last 17 games against Anaheim (12-2-3). − Nashville reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history after defeating Anaheim, 4-2, in the 2017 Western Conference Final.

NOTABLES vs. ANAHEIM

− Filip Forsberg has 23 points (8g-15a) in 21 career games against Anaheim, including six multi-point outings. He became the first player in Predators history to record multiple five-point games when he notched two goals and three assists on March 21, 2022 at Anaheim. − Roman Josi scored his first career NHL goal on Dec. 10, 2011 vs. Anaheim. He has 24 points (7g-17a) in 30 career regularseason games and is currently on a five-game point streak against the Ducks (3g-4a). − Colton Sissons has 13 points (5g-8a) in 18 career meetings with Anaheim. He notched a hat trick in Game 6 of the 2017 Western Conference Final against the Ducks to help send the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final. − Juuse Saros is 6-1-1 with a 2.46 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in eight career games vs. Anaheim. − Jeremy Lauzon made his Predators debut on March 21, 2022 at Anaheim.

QUICK HITS

− Through 14 games, the Predators are eighth in the NHL in expected goal differential (5-on-5) at 4.47 percent per MoneyPuck.com and ninth in expected goal percentage (5-on-5) at 54.1 percent. Nashville is also tied for the NHL lead high-danger shots for (35). − The Predators have two defensive pairs (who have spent at least 120 minutes together at 5-on-5) in the top-six in expected goals percentage, per MoneyPuck.com: McDonagh-Carrier (first, 64.4 percent) and Josi-Fabbro (sixth, 60.6 percent). − Defensively, the Predators are sixth in the NHL in expected goals against at 5-on-5 (24.8). − The Predators are tied for 10th in the NHL in power-play goals with 12. − Nashville has scored multiple power-play goals in the same game four times this season; the Predators did so nine times in 2022-23. − A total of eight players 25-years-old or younger have played in a game for Nashville in 2023-24: Marc Del Gaizo, Luke Evangelista, Dante Fabbro, Samuel Fagemo, Liam Foudy, Cody Glass, Juuso Parssinen and Philip Tomasino. − Nashville is fifth in the NHL in hits (285) and tied for 11th in blocked shots (239). It is third in hits per 60 minutes (20.3) and ninth in blocked shots per 60 minutes (17).

2023-24 PREDATORS TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 11: Activated forward Cody Glass from IR. Forward Samuel Fagemo claimed on waivers by Los Angeles.

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