In two previous meetings in 2013, the Ducks have prevailed in a shootout both times. Both prior games have been goaltending battles between Fasth and Pekka Rinne of the Predators, and have been tied at 2-2 before heading to the shootout.
Nashville’s offense has improved since the teams last met on Feb. 16, showing the ability to score four or five goals per game, so maybe tonight is the time they finally find a way to beat Fasth in regulation.
The Predators scored five goals Monday against the Dallas Stars, with defenseman Roman Josi scoring twice and adding two assists. Colin Wilson leads the team with five goals and 15 points, despite five-game goal drought.
Nashville has been shut out twice in the past week as well, as their power play has struggled to convert (four goals in 35 chances over 10 games). Rinne has been the driving force behind the team’s success and will likely make his fifth straight start tonight against Anaheim.
The Predators defense has limited the Ducks to 22 shots in each of their previous meetings, and will try to shut down the high-scoring offensive talents of Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry once again tonight.
Tonight’s game is the first of three in California for the Predators. After tonight they are off until Saturday when they play the San Jose Sharks, with a Monday match-up with the Los Angeles Kings to follow.