It’s the end of an era tonight, when the Nashville Predators take on the Anaheim Ducks.
The first contest in a three-game road trip for the Predators, tonight’s game marks the last time Nashville will face one of the NHL’s greatest players, Ducks forward Teemu Selanne.
The high-powered Ducks (50-18-8) offense has guided them to two wins in Nashville (33-32-11) so far this season, with the majority of the offense being provided by power forward Ryan Getzlaf, who is having a banner year.
Nashville forward Paul Gaustad and blueliner Seth Jones participated fully in Predators practice on Wednesday, but it looks like both of them will be held out of tonight’s game (both players suffered concussions and the team is being extra cautious).
Gaustad and Seth Jones are skating, but not in the line rushes. Looks like #Preds may hold them back an extra day.
— Willy Daunic (@WillyD1025) April 4, 2014
Despite their up and down performances at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators have been quite good away from home this year. Tonight being the first and only time the two clubs will meet in Anaheim, Nashville has to be hoping their recent road magic can help them avoid a three-game series sweep.
Three questions for tonight’s game:
- Return of the kid: Predators rookie Calle Jarnkrok saw a five-game point streak to begin his career end in Nashville’s last game way back on Sunday against the Washington Capitals. Can the young Swede get the offense going again tonight?
- #TeemuForever: It’s not often you play against a six-time Olympian, Stanley Cup champion and 43-year-old forward, but that’s what Nashville will do tonight when they square off against Selanne for what is set to be the final time. Will the Finnish Flash give the Predators one last memory to remember him by?
- Weber’s quest: Nashville might not be playing for a Stanley Cup this summer, but their captain is campaigning for some hardware of his own. Predators defenseman Shea Weber is having his best season yet in a career that’s already seen him finish as a Norris Trophy finalist twice (but come up empty handed both times). What play will Weber add to his resume tonight?
Faceoff at the Honda Center is at 9:00 p.m. (CST). Projected starters in net are Pekka Rinne for Nashville and Jonas Hiller for Anaheim.