National Hockey League
Preview
Nashville at Anaheim
When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 15, 2015
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California

After snapping a three-game skid, the Anaheim Ducks attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Nashville Predators when the division leaders meet at the Honda Center on Sunday. Jakob Silfverberg scored his career-high 11th goal and added an assist in Anaheim's 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Friday. "Lately, I've been (getting) a lot of confidence from (coach Bruce Boudreau). Been seeing a lot of minutes out there and that's been helping a lot," Silfverberg told the Orange County Register.

The 24-year-old Swede scored twice in Pacific Division-leading Anaheim's 5-2 win over Nashville on Feb. 5 while Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey have also netted a pair in the season series. The Predators moved two points ahead of St. Louis in the Central Division after rallying to a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday. Pekka Rinne, who made 23 saves to record his 200th career victory, owns a 10-4-4 career mark with two shutouts versus the Ducks.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket, Fox Sports Tennessee (Nashville)

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (43-20-7): Viktor Stalberg acknowledged that he received a bit of luck in scoring the eventual game-winning goal on Saturday. "The law of averages usually evens out over a long season," Stalberg told the Tennessean after his shot deflected off the stick of Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin and past Jonathan Quick. "... It was nice to see one go in for us." Craig Smith pulled even with James Neal by scoring his 22nd goal - and ended an 0-for-18 power-play drought in March in the process.

ABOUT THE DUCKS (43-20-7): Defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored his career-high ninth goal against the Wild and also had a tally and an assist in two meetings with Nashville this season. Frederik Andersen won both encounters with the Predators this season to improve to 3-0-0 in his career, but has dropped his last two decisions. Boudreau could also go with the hot hand in John Gibson, who has emerged victorious in seven of his last nine.

OVERTIME

1. Nashville continues to put itself behind the 8-ball by allowing the first goal in 13 of the last 14 contests.

2. Anaheim C Ryan Kesler has answered a nine-game drought without a point by collecting two goals and five assists in his last eight.

3. Neal missed Saturday's tilt and is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

PREDICTION: Ducks 4, Predators 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Nashville 43-20-2-5 W1 26-7-0-1 17-13-2-4 5-1-0-2 38-19-2-3 15-6-1-2
Anaheim 43-20-2-5 W1 22-10-1-2 21-10-1-3 7-6-1-0 36-14-1-5 15-6-1-4
Last Meeting
Nashville Anaheim
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/5/15 ANA 5 NAS 2 46 21 1-4 26 44 0-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Nashville V. Bartley 1
Anaheim R. Rakell 2
Goals Player  
Nashville J. Neal 1
Anaheim J. Silfverberg 2
Assists Player  
Nashville V. Bartley 1
Anaheim R. Rakell 2
Saves Player  
Nashville P. Rinne 21
Anaheim F. Andersen 44
Season
Total Points Player  
Nashville M. Ribeiro 56
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 66
Goals Player  
Nashville C. Smith 24
Anaheim C. Perry 29
Assists Player  
Nashville M. Ribeiro 43
Anaheim R. Getzlaf 44
Saves Player  
Nashville P. Rinne 1515
Anaheim F. Andersen 1234
Quickchart Matchup
Nashville Off vs  Anaheim Def
2.79 GF
2.69 GA
31.9 Shots
29.1 Shots
36 PP
44 PK
Anaheim Off vs  Nashville Def
2.8 GF
2.34 GA
29.8 Shots
28.6 Shots
35 PP
40 PK