Preds-Ducks showdown at Bridgestone
by Jackson Walsh
The Nashville Predators (43-14-9, 95 points) made history Tuesday night with their 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars, extending their winning streak to nine games. It’s a streak that the team hopes to extend tonight against the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena.
The Ducks, winners of their last three after beating the Washington Capitals 4-0, are safely in playoff contention at 34-21-12 with 80 points. The two teams have not faced off since December 2, 2017 when Nashville upended Anaheim in a 3-2 shootout win at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has won both contests against Anaheim and looks for a season sweep.
Though the two squads aren’t in the same division, the teams have a ton of recent history in the playoffs, with Nashville beating out Anaheim each series they have faced off in the postseason. It was against the Ducks that the Preds got their first ever playoff series win in 2011. It was against the Ducks that they won their first Game 7 in a seven game series in 2016. And last year, it was against the Ducks against whom they triumphed to go to their first Stanley Cup Final.
Like the Predators, the Ducks have been a very hot team. They’ve been a hot team for months now, 7-1-1 in their last nine and 15-6-3 since the bye week in January. While the Predators have a history of beating the Ducks, especially on home ice, it won’t come without a fight. John Gibson, one of the league’s better goalies with a .927 save percentage and GAA of2.46 along with Rickard Rakell, Corey Perry, and Cam Fowler, all familiar names racking up points as of late.
Tonight’s game could very well be a preview of the Western Conference Championship game which would extend the playoff history between these two 1990’s established expansion teams. Stay tuned.
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