Success at home has the Anaheim Ducks gaining confidence. They may be in store for it to continue building with a visit from the struggling Nashville Predators.
The Ducks look to sweep a three-game homestand by re-establishing their dominance over the Predators on Sunday night at the Honda Center.
Anaheim (6-7-1) is 4-1-1 at home this season after winning consecutive games for the first time this season against opponents with high-powered offenses.
The Ducks, though, nearly squandered a three-goal second-period lead as Jonas Hiller stopped 11 of 12 shots in the third to secure a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh on Friday. That came two nights after beating Tampa Bay by the same score in overtime.
"Hopefully we've found our stride and we can go from here," said left wing Bobby Ryan, who has a goal and two assists in the last two games. "The season's going to ebb and flow, no matter which way you look at it. And to beat two pretty dynamic teams is a huge high for us."
Coach Randy Carlyle would like to continue the success at home, where the Ducks are 21-4-4 since December.
"We want this building to be a tough building for an opposing team to come into and play," he said.
That hasn't been a problem against the Predators (5-4-3), with Anaheim holding a 17-2-3 advantage all-time at home. However, the Ducks dropped the last matchup there, 1-0 on March 12, and lost 4-1 in Nashville on Oct. 9.
The Predators are stumbling into this meeting, losing four in a row in regulation -- three on the road -- after falling 4-1 at Los Angeles on Saturday. They last dropped five straight during regulation from Jan. 18-29.
"Wins aren't coming very easy for us, so it's becoming frustrating," said Barry Trotz, who will coach his 915th regular-season game Sunday to pass Toe Blake for the fifth-most with one team.
A lack of scoring is becoming a serious issue for Nashville. The team ranks last in the Western Conference with 27 goals while getting outscored 16-6 during the current slide.
Patrick Hornqvist and Steve Sullivan lead the team with four goals each, and each got one against the Ducks last month. However, Sullivan is on a nine-game drought after doing all of his scoring in the first three games of the season, while Hornqvist -- a 30-goal scorer in 2009-10 -- has found the net once in six contests.
Hiller will try to capitalize on the punchless Predators. He's allowed two goals in each of his last six starts after struggling through his first five with a 4.06 goals-against average, including a 45-save effort at Nashville last month.
"He's been exceptional," Carlyle said. "We've hung him out to dry in a few situations, but I still think there are a few situations where Jonas can help himself."
Hiller has split two meetings with the Predators in Anaheim, allowing one goal on 68 shots.
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