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Ducks vs Predators GAMETHREAD: Looking for Payback

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The Ducks are looking to get some payback after the Predators defeated them in the last Western Conference Finals.

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"Whenever you lose to somebody, you want to get them back," said Ducks defenseman Josh Manson. "You're always looking for that grudge match. There might be a little more on the line, a little more pride or something, you can say, towards this game."

Stat Pack

ANAHEIM DUCKS versus NASHVILLE PREDATORS
6-5-1, 13 Pts Record 5-5-2, 12 Pts
5th in Pacific, 9th in West, 16th in NHL Standings 6th in Central, 12th in the West, 21st in NHL
2.92 GF/GP 2.33
3.00 GA/GP 2.83
10.8% Power Play 23.1%
84.9% Penalty Kill 83.6%
TEAM STAT LEADERS
Rickard Rakell, Ondrej Kase (5G) Goals Filip Forsberg (8G)
Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Cogliano (6A) Assists P.K. Subban (8A)
Cogliano (9P) Points Forsberg (13P)
Nick Ritchie, Derek Grant, Brandon Montour, Rakell (1PPG) PPG Forsberg (5PPG)
Cam Fowler, Chris Wagner, Montour (1SHG) SHG N/A
Cam Fowler (22:43), Rakell (21:08) TOI/GP (D&F) Subban (25:40); Ryan Johansen (18:57)
Kase (54.39), Hampus Lindholm (55.28) SAT% 5on5 (F&D) Miikka Salomaki (57.72); Matt Irwin (57.42)
John Gibson GOALIES Pekka Rinne
5-4-1 Record 5-2-2
.919 Save % .931
29 SA/GP 28.44


Projected Lines

Ducks:

Rickard Rakell - Kalle Kossila - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Antoine Vermette - Jakob Silverberg

Nick Ritchie - Derek Grant - Ondrej Kase

Dennis Rasmussen - Chris Wagner - Logan Shaw

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin - Brandon Montour

Jaycob Megna - Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

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Predators:

Scott Harnell - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg - Colton Sissons - Craig Smith

Kevin Fiala - Calle Jarnkrok - Pontus Aberg

Cody McCleod - Frederik Gaudreau - Austin Watson

Roman Josi - Matthias Ekholm

Alexei Emelin - P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin - Yannik Weber

Pekka Rinne

Numbers for Nerds

The Ducks might not be so hot on the power play, but their penalty kill has been steadily improving. Sine October 14th, the Ducks have killed 24 of the past 27 power plays, slotting them at 6th in the league. Not too shabby for a team that has only just gotten Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen back from IR.