The Nashville Predators will try to do something no other team has been able to do this season: beat Anaheim Ducks rookie goaltender Viktor Fasth. The Predators are riding a two-game winning streak thanks to some fine goaltending on their end, as Pekka Rinne continues to carry the team despite receiving little or no goal support. Fasth was in net as the Ducks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Friday night and improved to 7-0-0 on the season.
Rinne has posted back-to-back shutouts for the Predators in the past week, getting a 1-0 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks and a 3-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Nashville’s defense allowed only 44 shots in the two games and their penalty kill was a perfect 10-for-10. The offense seems to be coming to life a little bit as the Predators have scored three or more goals in four of their last six contests. Mike Fisher, Nick Spaling and Gabriel Bourque all scored against the Coyotes. Martin Erat had two assists to move into a tie with Colin Wilson for the team lead with nine points. Captain Shea Weber continues to be a disappointment and has not scored despite having 32 shots on goal.
Fasth is off to an incredible start this season and appears to have taken over the team’s top spot from Jonas Hiller. He has a 1.77 goals against average this season and has wins against the Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks under his belt. Tonight’s game against the Predators will be the first time this season the Ducks have called on Fasth on back-to-back nights, and it will be interesting to see how he responds.
With two of the league’s top netminders facing off tonight, it could easily be another low scoring affair for the Predators as they try and see if they will be the team to finally hand Fasth his first loss.