Ducks: Sneak peak at the Predators


Opponent: Nashville Predators (5th in the Western Conference).

Record: 44-27-11, 99 points.

Previous meetings this season:

Oct. 9 -- In their second game of the season, the Ducks lost to the Predators, 4-1, in Nashville, part of a horrendous start in which they were outscored, 13-2, in their first three games.

Nov. 7 -- The Ducks strung together two wins for the first time this season, then made it three in a row with a 5-4 victory against the visiting Predators. Paul Mara scored the winning goal with 1.7 seconds remaining. Anaheim went on to extend its winning streak to a season-long six games.

Jan. 3 -- In the first game since learning top-line center Ryan Getzlaf would be out six weeks after suffering fractures in his nasal passages, the Ducks were punchless in a 4-1 loss against the visiting Predators.

March 24 -- Jonas Hiller started in goal for the first time since Feb. 13 but allowed three goals on nine shots and was replaced in the 5-4 loss. Hiller, who has been battling vertigo symptoms since returning from his first All-Star appearance, hasn’t played since.

Playoff fact -- In addition to the Kings and Ducks qualifying for the playoffs in the same season for the first time, Nashville also features a Southland touch. Predators defenseman Jonathon Blum was the first Southern California native to be selected in the first round of the NHL draft. Blum, 21, grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita and briefly attended Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo.