Predators @ Anaheim Ducks (Game 5): Preview

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The Nashville Predators start their Pacific coast road trip Saturday night against the Anaheim Ducks after being shutout by the St. Louis Blues, 3-0 Thursday. Anaheim is coming off of a embarrasing loss themselves Friday, losing to the Vancouver Canucks, 5-0. Both teams are looking to get their play in gear and make their drive to the playoffs. Puck drops at 9:38 PM CT/7:30 PM PT.

TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game

Anaheim: Fox Sports West and AM 830 KLAA

Season Series

Date Away Home Result
10/29 ANA NSH 0-3 NSH
11/9 NSH ANA 4-2 NSH
12/10 ANA NSH 2-3 NSH
3/18 NSH ANA 3-1 NSH

Line Up News

Projected Starting Goaltenders:

Name W L OT GAA SV%
#35 Pekka Rinne 0 1 2 2.53 .912
#20 Viktor Fasth 0 0 0 0 0

Projected Nashville Scratches: #7 D Jonathon Blum, #23 Brian McGrattan and #24 Matt Halischuk

Projected Anaheim Scratches: #25 W Brad Staubitz, #40 D Jordan Hendry and #67 W Rickard Rakell

Projected Lines

Nashville

#33 Colin Wilson #12 Mike Fisher #10 Martin Erat
#57 Gabriel Bourque #11 David Legwand #27 Patric Hornqvist
#74 Sergei Kostitsyn #13 Nick Spaling #15 Craig Smith
#16 Rich Clune #28 Paul Gaustad #18 Brandon Yip
#6 Shea Weber #59 Roman Josi
#8 Kevin Klein #22 Scott Hannan
#75 Hal Gill #4 Ryan Ellis
#35 Pekka Rinne
#30 Chris Mason

Anaheim

#51 Kyle Palmieri #15 Ryan Getzlaf #10 Corey Perry
#9 Bobby Ryan #13 Nick Bonino #8 Teemu Selanne
#7 Andrew Cogliano #11 Saku Koivu #34 Daniel Winnik
#39 Matt Beleskey #74 Peter Holland #77 Devante Smith-Pelly
#55 Bryan Allen #4 Cam Fowler
#5 Luca Sbisa #44 Sheldon Souray
#32 Toni Lydman #23 Francois Beauchemin
#30 Viktor Fasth
#1 Jonas Hiller

Thoughts on Both Teams

Predators: Pekka Rinne looks to record his first win in the 2012-13 season Saturday night. Rinne has been playing uncharacteristically sloppy since the start of the season. "We need to give 'Peks' some support," said head coach Barry Trotz. Scoring has been at a premium for the Predators as of late. 

Richard Clune needs to be scratched. The goon has been ineffective and hasn't been a good fighter. If the Predators want a physical forward in the lineup, the coaching staff needs to dress fan favorite Brian McGrattan. However, that doesn't seem to be the case entering Saturday night's game. Paul Gaustad is "probable" with an upper body injury, according to Trotz. The lines above is what were in practice Friday, but may go back to the original.

For Nashville to win, they need Rinne to play at the top of his game, pucks to the net and good special teams.  

Ducks: The night before, the Anaheim Ducks were smashed by the Vancouver Canucks, 5-0. This is a swap from last week when the Ducks defeated the Canucks, 7-2. With four great offensive threats on the top two lines, it would seem that Anaheim would have an excellent team. That isn't the case as they struggled last season and Friday.

The ageless wonder Teemu Selanne continues to impress this season. At 42, Selanne has two goals, two assists in four games. Hopefully, Selanne will never retire and play NHL hockey forever, but that isn't realistic. Watch Selanne while you can before it is too late.

Anaheim is clean of injuries. 

Anaheim Ducks Players to Watch:

Name GP G A
#8 Teemu Selanne 3 2 2
#9 Bobby Ryan 3 0 0
#10 Corey Perry 3 1 2

 

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