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NHL Preview: Nashville Predators (31-24-7) at Anaheim Ducks (22-35-9)


− The Predators are 37-31-(2)-11 all-time against the Ducks, including a 12-20-(0)-8 record on the road.

− This is the third and final matchup between Nashville and Anaheim in 2022-23; it is the second and final at Honda Center.

− Nashville is 2-0-0 against Anaheim this season, winning 6-1 on Dec. 30 and earning a 2-1 OT victory at home on Nov. 29.

− The Predators are 5-0-0 in their last five games against the Ducks; they are 7-2-1 in their last 10; and 2-1-2 in their last five on the road.

− Nashville has earned at least a point in 14 of its last 16 games against Anaheim (11-2-3).

− Nashville reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history after defeating Anaheim, 4-2, in the 2017 Western Conference Final.

− 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 22 points (7g-15a) in 29 career regular-season games and posted a five-game point streak (1g-6a) against the Ducks from Nov. 25, 2018-Jan. 16, 2020.

− Matt Duchene has 12 points (6g-6a) in his last 10 games against the Ducks, including two three-point performances in 2021-22.

− Colton Sissons has 11 points (5g-6a) in 17 career meetings with Anaheim.

− Jeremy Lauzon made his Predators debut on March 21, 2022 at Anaheim.

− Nashville Predators 2, Los Angeles Kings 1 (SO) – March 11 ( Arena)

− NSH goals: Novak – PP (10)

− LAK goals: Anderson (4)

− Goaltenders: NSH – Lankinen (W, 26/27); LAK – Copley (SOL, 29/30)

− Power plays: NSH 1-2; LAK 0-3

− Notes: Nashville improved to 16-13-4 on the road in 2022-23… The Predators closed out their three-game regular-season series against the Kings with a 2-0-1 record… Nashville is now 8-7 in overtime/shootouts this season (4-5 in OT; 4-2 in shootouts)… Matt Duchene scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout… Tommy Novak hit the 10-goal mark with his power-play tally at 19:04 of the first period… Cody Glass assisted on the goal… Kevin Lankinen made 26 saves and stopped all three of Los Angeles’ shootout attempts to move to 8-5-1 on the season… Egor Afanasyev made his NHL debut, tallying two shots and a hit in 8:24 of ice time… Kiefer Sherwood led all skaters with eight hits.

Player Designation Dates Missed Games Missed
Mark Borowiecki Upper body – IR Oct. 27-March 11 56
Filip Forsberg Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 13-March 11 13
Ryan Johansen Right leg surgery Feb. 23-March 11 8
Juuso Parssinen Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 26-March 11 7
Alexandre Carrier Upper body – 4-6 weeks March 4-11 4
Rasmus Asplund Illness – day-to-day March 11 1
Total man-games lost: 154
Individual man-games lost: Borowiecki – 57; McCarron – 20; Carrier – 18; Forsberg – 13; Johansen – 8; McDonagh – 7; Parssinen – 7; Smith – 6; Trenin – 5; Glass – 3; Jankowski – 3; Lauzon – 3; Asplund – 1; Duchene – 1; Lankinen – 1; Tomasino – 1

OVERALL (81 GP) 37-31-(2)-11
HOME (41 GP) 25-11-(2)-3
ROAD (40 GP) 12-20-(0)-8
LAST MEETING Dec. 30, 2022 at ANA (W, 6-1)
PLAYOFFS (3-0) Last: 2017 WCF (W, 4-2)

− March 11: Recalled forward Egor Afanasyev from Milwaukee (AHL).
− March 10: Reassigned forward John Leonard to Milwaukee (AHL).
− March 8: Acquired forward Anthony Angello from St. Louis for future considerations.
− March 6: Recalled forward Michael McCarron from Milwaukee (AHL).
− March 4: Reassigned forward Zach Sanford to Milwaukee (AHL).


MARCH 10, 2023 – ANAHEIM 3 @ CALGARY 1
The Ducks finished a three-game road trip with a 1-1-1 record following a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome Friday night. John Gibson won his 14th game after stopping 36-of-37 shots, improving to 4-1-2 his last seven starts. With his 13th save of the game and 11,814th of his career, Gibson passed Guy Hebert (11,813) to set Anaheim’s club record for all-time saves. Max Comtois (1-1=2, +2) and Derek Grant (1-1=2, +2) each recorded a goal and assist, while Calgary native Brett Leason netted the game-winning goal at 11:33 of the third period. Grant’s two points mark four points his last four games (1-3=4) while Comtois also has 2-2=4 points his last four outings. Cam Fowler picked up his 29th assist and eighth his last nine games (0-8=8). Jakob Silfverberg collected his third point (assist) his last four games (1-2=3). Frank Vatrano and Simon Benoit also tallied assists, with Benoit recording a career-high +3 rating.
PP: 0-0 PK: 1-2 SF: 18 SA: 37 TOI: Cam Fowler (23:49)
Three Stars: 1. J. Gibson 2. M. Comtois 3. M. Backlund

Mar. 15 NY Islanders Honda Center 7 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream
Mar. 17 Columbus Honda Center 7 p.m. BSSC / Ducks Stream
Mar. 19 Vancouver Honda Center 5 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream
Mar. 21 Calgary Honda Center 7 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream
Mar. 23 Winnipeg Honda Center 7 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream

Mar. 2 Signed RW Jaxsen Wiebe (Prince George, WHL) to a three-year entry-level contract. Acquired RW Dylan Sikura from Chicago for LW Max Golod.
Mar. 3 Acquired Brock McGinn and a 2024 third-round selection from Pittsburgh for D Dmitry Kulikov. Acquired D Andrej Sustr, C Nikita Nesterenko and a 2025 fourth-round selection from Minnesota for D John Klingberg. Acquired D Chase Priskie from Buffalo for D Austin Strand.

Man-Games Lost: 344
John Moore Upper-body Indefinite 66
Jamie Drysdale Torn labrum (shoulder) 4-6 months 58
Urho Vaakanainen Hip surgery 5-6 months 16
Anthony Stolarz Lower-body Week-to-week 14
Adam Henrique MCL sprain Week-to-week 8

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks begin an eight-game homestand spanning 16 days tonight vs .the Nashville Predators at Honda Center (6:30 p.m. PT, TV: Bally Sports SoCal AUDIO: Ducks Stream). Anaheim enters tonight with wins in five of their last eight games (5-1-2) and points in eight of the last 10 overall (5-2-3). The Ducks have also earned points in 12 of the last 18 games overall (9-6-4) and are 10-7-4 the last 21 contests. Following tonight’s game, the Ducks will continue the homestand Wednesday, March 15 vs. the New York Islanders (7 p.m. PT).

EIGHT STRAIGHT: The Ducks begin an eight-game homestand tonight through March 27, the second-longest homestand of the 2022- 23 season and also tied for the second-longest in franchise history. Anaheim hosted a franchise record 10-game homestand Dec. 23- Jan. 13 (3-6-1 record), with the stretch of contests spanning 24 days. The homestand was tied for the third-longest in NHL history, trailing 12 straight at home by the Tampa Bay Lightning (2010-11) and California Golden Seals (1975-76). Anaheim’s longest prior homestand was eight games (three times), including Dec. 28, 2014-Jan. 16, 2015 (6-2-0, 12 pts.), Mar. 2-18, 2007 (6-1-1, 13 pts.) and Oct. 28-Nov. 14, 2001 (2-4-2, 6 pts.).

DUCKS-PREDATORS: Anaheim and Nashville wrap up their three-game season series tonight at Honda Center. Nashville took each of the first two contests of the 2022-23 series with a 2-1 OT win in Nashville Nov. 29 and a 6-1 win in Orange County Dec. 30. The Ducks have won three of their last five matchups against the Predators at home (3-2-0). The Ducks own a 42-30-9 all-time record vs. the Predators, including a 28-9-3 mark in Orange County. Anaheim’s .700 home win percentage against the Predators is the club’s second-highest home win percentage against an NHL opponent, behind only Calgary (.712). Cam Fowler (3-14=17 in 33 GP) and Kevin Shattenkirk (2-15=17 in 42 GP) co-lead active Ducks skaters in career scoring vs. the Predators. Shattenkirk leads the current roster in career assists, while Jakob Silfverberg (6-3=9 in 21 GP) leads active Ducks in career goals against Nashville.

Nov. 29 Bridgestone Arena 2-1 NSH OT win
Dec. 30 Honda Center 6-1 NSH win
Mar. 12 Honda Center 6:30 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream

Overall @ Anaheim @ Nashville
All-Time Series: 42-30-9 28-9-3 14-21-6
Current Streak: Five NSH wins Two NSH wins Three NSH wins
Last ANA Win: Jan. 16, 2020 (4-2) Jan. 5, 2020 (5-4 SO) Jan. 16, 2020 (4-2)
Last NSH Win: Dec. 30, 2022 (6-1) Dec. 30, 2022 (6-1) Nov. 29, 2022 (2-1 OT)
ANA Last 10: 3-6-1 5-5-0 2-6-2

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