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Game Thread: Ducks @ Predators

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A statistical breakdown for the Thursday night matchup between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators.

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Anaheim Ducks
@ Nashville Predators

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:00pm PST
Bridgestone Arena

TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, FS-TN
Radio: KLAA AM830

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Numbers for Nerds:

The Anaheim Ducks average 11.4 penalty minutes per game which is the fifth most in the NHL, the Nashville Predators have an average of 8.8 penalty minutes per game which is the fifth fewest PIM per game in the league.

These teams are eerily similar in most other statistics, however Anaheim has a total of 223 penalties, 11.2% of which (or 25 total) were majors, while Nashville has just 187 total, 5.9% of which (11 total) were majors.

If Nashville and Anaheim have player drop the mitts and throw a few punches, the Predators could be thrown off their game more than Anaheim considering the Ducks are used to the major penalties.

Team Records:

Ducks: (33-12-6), 72 Points, 1st in Pacific Division (2nd in NHL), 2.98 G/GP, 2.71 GA/GP

Predators: (33-11-6), 72 Points, 1st in Central Division (1st in NHL), 3.06 G/GP, 2.36 GA/GP

Ducks Team Leaders:

Scoring: Ryan Getzlaf (16+36=52), Corey Perry (21+14=35), Ryan Kesler (14+20=34); Among Defensemen: Sami Vatanen (10+21=31)

TOI/GP: Francois Beauchemin (22:36), Hampus Lindholm (22:03), Sami Vatanen (21:59); Among Forwards: Ryan Getzlaf (20:13)

Possession: (5v5 FF%, minimum 35 GP): Patrick Maroon (56.7%), Matt Beleskey (54.9%), Corey Perry (54.3%)

Possession numbers and chart via WAR-on-ice.com.

Predators Leaders:

Scoring: Filip Forsberg (17+28=45), Mike Ribeiro (10+33=43), Shea Weber (11+24=35)

TOI/GP: Shea Weber (26:25), Roban Jossi (26:23), Ryan Ellis (19:36); Among Forwards: Mike Ribeiro (18:43)

Possession: (5v5 FF%, minimum 35 GP): Colin Wilson (56.7%), Calle Jarnkrok (56.4%), Filip Forsberg (56.3%)

Possession numbers and chart via WAR-on-ice.com.

Goalies:

Ducks: Frederik Andersen (28-7-5), .917 Sv%, 26.95 Shots Faced/GP, or Ilya Bryzgalov (1-3-0), .832 Sv%, 21.40 Shots Faced/GP

Predators: Pekka Rinne (29-6-2), .931 Sv%, 28.46 Shots Faced/GP, or Carter Hutton (4-4-4), .900 Sv%, 24.69 Shots Faced/GP

Power Play:

Ducks: 18.2% (15th in NHL), Top PPG Scorer: Sami Vatanen (6 PPG)

Predators: 16.8% (23rd in NHL), Top PPG Scorer: Mike Fisher (6 PPG)

Penalty Kill:

Ducks: 81.7% (16th in NHL), Top SHG Scorer: Andrew Cogliano (2 SHG)

Predators: 81.1% (17th in NHL), Top SHG Scorers: Mike Fisher (1 SHG), Shea Weber (1 SHG), Seth Jones (1 SHG)