Sunday, March 18, 2012

Preds look to complete season sweep of Ducks

After a lackluster performance last night, the Nashville Predators will try to get back to their winning ways against the Anaheim Ducks tonight at 7 p.m. at the Honda Center. Nashville has won all three meetings between the two teams so far this year, and will be looking to complete the regular season sweep tonight.

The Ducks have played like two different teams this season. Since the calendar turned to 2012, the Ducks have posted a 20-10-5 record. Before that, the Ducks posted a dreadful 10-21-6 record.

Nashville is coming off of a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings last night in a game that saw them make several key mistakes in the third period. The Predators will try to correct those mistakes as they take on a team in the Ducks that would love nothing more than to beat Nashville.

Pekka Rinne got the start last night in Los Angeles, so one would assume that Anders Lindback would get the starting nod today to finish out the back-to-back sequence. If the Predators are able to come away with a win tonight, they will have collected five of a possible eight points in the West Coast road-trip.

Nashville has outscored the Ducks by a 10-4 margin in the three previous games this year, so Anaheim will be looking to generate more offense. These two teams aren't very fond of each other, so there will likely be lots of physicality in this game.

My player to watch for the Ducks is Teemu Selanne. The ageless wonder continues to dazzle. He leads Anaheim in scoring this year, posting 62 points at 41 years of age. He has also played in every game for the Ducks so far this season. Selanne is one of the greatest players of this generation.

For Nashville, my player to watch is Shea Weber. Weber, along with his defense partner Ryan Suter, had arguably their worst game of the season last night in Los Angeles. Expect them to rebound with a solid effort tonight.

(Photo Credit: Leanne Charles)