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Wednesday, February 27th
(All times Eastern)
Nashville Predators (9-6-5) at Anaheim Ducks (13-3-1), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks had their chance at team history thwarted
on Monday and they'll be aiming for a bounce-back effort when they host the
Nashville Predators in Wednesday's test at Honda Center.
Anaheim entered Monday's test in Los Angeles on a six-game winning streak and
needed one more victory to match the club record. However, the Kings used a
strong third period to skate away with a 5-2 decision over their Pacific
Slava Voynov, Jake Muzzin and Jeff Carter scored in the final 20 minutes after
the clubs were tied at 2-2 heading into the third period. It was the first
loss for Anaheim since Feb. 8 and dropped the club's record this month to
10-2-0. A win Wednesday in their final game of February would give Anaheim a
new team record for victories in a single month.
Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu scored for the Ducks in Monday's loss.
Viktor Fasth, who signed a two-year extension on Feb. 20, suffered his first
loss after stopping 20-of-24 shots. Fasth, who fell to 8-1-0, was trying to
tie Ray Emery for the longest winning streak to start a National Hockey League
"Some days you have those games when it feels you can track the puck much
easier," Fasth said. "Today I was fighting hard. I made some bad decisions out
there. We just have to forget this and start working harder next game."
The Ducks are home for two straight and will also welcome the Minnesota Wild
on Friday. Anaheim is 6-1-0 as the host in 2013.
Anaheim will try for a season-series sweep of Nashville on Thursday after
earning a pair of 3-2 shootout victories over the Predators this season. Fasth
earned the win in both of those games.
Nashville still has eight wins in the last 11 games against the Ducks overall
and has claimed four of six in Orange County.
The Predators snapped a two-game skid in their most recent trip to the ice,
earning Monday's overtime win against visiting Dallas. Roman Josi recorded a
career-high two goals, including a power-play tally 28 seconds into overtime,
as the Predators posted a 5-4 come-from-behind triumph over the Stars.
After being shut out in two straight setbacks during a stretch of four defeats
in five games, Nashville received a four-point night out of Josi and rallied
from a 4-2 second-period deficit to offset a sluggish performance by the
usually reliable Pekka Rinne, who let up four goals in the middle session and
made just 20 saves.
"I think he's finding himself as a player in this league," Nashville head
coach Barry Trotz said of Josi. "He's very comfortable and he's playing in all
situations and he's becoming a very important part of our team."
Mike Fisher tied the contest with 8:22 left in regulation with his 200th
career goal, with Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist also lighting the lamp for
a Nashville squad that entered the contest as the NHL's lowest-scoring team.
Wednesday's contest is the start of a three-game road trip for the Predators,
who are 4-4-2 as the visiting club this season.
Nashville defenseman Hal Gill (lower body) and centerman Paul Gaustad (upper
body) are questionable for Wednesday's game.
02/27 10:42:51 ET