Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators battle for best in the West

Thursday night’s NHL schedule will be headlined by a clash of Western Conference Division leaders.  Anaheim and Nashville, the Pacific and Central leaders respectively, have been two of the best teams so far this season.  This, their second meeting and first in Nashville, is set to a be top notch contest.  Anaheim was victorious when they met on January 4th, with the winning goal coming in a shootout off of the stick of Ryan Kessler.  Nashville aims to avenge the 3-4 shootout loss when they square off with the Ducks at Bridgestone Arena.

Nashville has been close to perfect at home this season.  The Predators record of 20-2-1 at home is the best home record in all of the NHL.  Anaheim has been put together solid performances away from home, going 14-6-3.  The real storyline of this game will be the goaltending battle.  In the first match-up Anaheim’s Frederick Anderson was the victor against Nashville backup Carter Hutton.  With these teams evenly matched points at 72, the edge will go to the side with the best goaltender play.

In what will be a battle for the best overall record in the Western Conference, tickets are available at extremely fan favorable pricing.  According to BarrysTickets.com, Anaheim Ducks tickets for the Predators game are obtainable on the secondary market for an average of $65.04.  In addition, with a get-in price, lowest priced purchasable ticket, of $18.00 attending this game should be a no brainer.

Statistically, the Predator’s success this season has been on both ends of the ice.  Averaging 3.0 goals per game, 5th best and allowing only 2.3 goals per game, 2nd best in the NHL, Nashville has risen to the top of the NHL Power Rankings.  Anaheim is no slouch, ranking 5th in the NHL Power Rankings and leading their division by 11 points.   For fans of either team considering attending Thursday’s 8:00 p.m. face off, ticket prices have been trending at 18% lower than last week, which further reinforces why this game should be boldly marked on your calendar.

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