Where: Gaylord Entertainment Center - Nashville, TN
When: 7 p.m CST
Tonight the Preds Wear: Gold
TV: FSN South (Comcast cable Ch. 28 in Davidson and Williamson counties; DirecTV regional sports network alternate Ch. 664; Dish Network regional sports network alternate Ch. 446)
Season series: Anaheim leads 1-0.
Ducks storyline: Anaheim halted a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over Detroit on Sunday. Fifteen-year NHL veteran Teemu Selanne leads the team and is eighth in the NHL in points with 53 (24 goals, 29 assists). He is tied for first with six game-winning goals. The power play is ranked third in the NHL with 49 man-advantage goals (21.8 percent).
Predators storyline: Goalie Tomas Vokoun is expected to play in his first game since suffering a thumb injury on Nov. 23. Left wing Martin Erat could return tonight after missing two games with a hip flexor. Nashville's power play ranks third in the NHL when at home with 26 goals (23.6 percent). The Predators have scored four man-advantage goals in their last two home games.
Ducks injuries: C Todd Marchant (abdominal strain) is questionable. D Chris Pronger (foot), D Francois Beauchemin (lacerated spleen) and G Jean-Sebastien Giguere (groin) are out.
Predators injuries: G Tomas Vokoun (thumb) and LW Martin Erat (hip flexor) are probable. RW Scottie Upshall (groin) is out.
2006-07 TEAM COMPARISON Ducks Stats Preds
64 Points: 59
29 Wins: 28
5 ShutOuts: 6
3 Power Play Rank: 9
8 Penalty Kill Rank: 6
.688 Win % Leading After 1: .800
.875 Win % Leading After 2: .826
.500 Win % Trailing After 1: .364
.182 Win % Trailing After 2: .250
TEAM LEADERS STATS DUCKS PREDATORS
GOALS: T. SELANNE 24 S. HARTNELL 17
ASSISTS: C. PRONGER 33 P. KARIYA 32
POINTS: T. SELANNE 53 P. KARIYA 45
+/-: T. SELANNE 21 D. LEGWAND 16
OT GOALS: T. SELANNE 1 K. TIMONEN 1
WESTERN CONFERNECE STANDINGS
CENTRAL GP W L OTL PTS Nashville 42 28 11 3 59
Detroit 42 25 12 5 55
Chicago 42 17 20 5 39
Columbus 42 16 22 4 36
St. Louis 41 13 21 7 33
NORTHWEST GP W L OTL PTS
Vancouver 43 24 18 1 49
Calgary 40 21 15 4 46
Minnesota 42 21 18 3 45
Colorado 41 21 18 2 44
Edmonton 42 20 18 4 44
PACIFIC GP W L OTL PTS Anaheim 44 29 9 6 64
San Jose 42 28 14 0 56
Dallas 43 26 16 1 53
Phoenix 41 19 20 2 40
Los Angeles 44 16 22 6 38
Last edited by irisheyes555: 01-09-2007 at 04:17 AM.
We better show up tonight or this will be a quick and out for the Ducks.
Last time we faced them we had a ton of injuries and were on a western road trip. The tables are turned. Lets take it to them tonight. We won't be able to use the injuries excuse though if we can't take them.
I expect us to play one of our best games of the season. There is no reason for us to have a let down. We are playing one of the best teams in the league, last time we played them we were embarrassed, and Vokoun is finally back in the lineup.
with vokoun's return, and not knowing whether he's really ready or not, rarely have i ever less known exactly what to expect to see going into a game..
but if vokoun can hold us close early, and plays halfway decent, i look for us to get after the ducks tonight... i fully expect the preds to be able to exploit their defensive replacements for a few odd man rushes, we simply have to get solid goaltending, avoid turning the puck over deep, and get good special team play to win this one in my mind heading in. simple stuff huh?
On Offence: the Preds have to win the offensive battles. They need to get a lot of shots on net and tire out the anaheim defence.
On Defence: The defence need to play strong tonight because we don't know how Volky is going to play. Volky needs to be solid between the pipes and steal some saves.
On the Powerplay: The Preds need to dump the puck on the net and chase it down, then they need to set up for a point shot with a tip in front.
On the Penalty Kill: Play the passive box and ice the puck when they get the chance.
The Preds staying out of the box is key. The Anaheim powerplay is just to good for them to be given a lot of chances at an easy goal. The Anaheim net has to be overloaded, crash the net and set up the shot in the slot. If Volky plays well and the D shouts down the superstars we will surely walk the road to victory.
Last edited by Jordan Chenier: 01-09-2007 at 06:21 PM.
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