The Ducks have struggled this season after reaching the Stanley Cup finals in June, but they’re starting to get back on track. Anaheim has won four of five since the All-Star break and five of six overall to move within eight points of eighth place in the Western Conference.
Anaheim beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 at home Wednesday for its third straight win and fifth in a row at Arrowhead Pond.
The Ducks last won four consecutive games from March 22-April 1, and are trying to match their club record of six straight home wins set in December 2002.
Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, last season’s Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP, has stopped 133 of 141 shots in five starts since the break.
“It’s my job to stop shots,” Giguere said. “We are desperate right now. We kept working and found a way to win.”
Nashville is one of the teams Anaheim is chasing in the playoff race, and the Predators come into Friday’s game following a 7-3 home rout of the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday behind newly acquired forward Steve Sullivan.
Traded to Nashville on Monday night by the Chicago Blackhawks, Sullivan scored three goals on three shots and added an assist. All four of his points came on the power play as the Predators went 5-for-7 with the man advantage.
“To be relaxed and to stay calm were the big things for me,” Sullivan said. “It was like any other game this season. I just wanted to keep things simple. I’m happy that I was able to help out offensively because I know that is one of the bigger reasons why they got me.”
Nashville has beaten Anaheim twice this season after winning just five of the first 20 meetings in the series.
STANDINGS (through Feb. 18): Predators - 65 points, 2nd place, 13 PB, Central Division. Mighty Ducks - 57 points, 4th place, 15 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Predators - Sullivan and Scott Walker, 18 goals; Sullivan, 29 assists and 47 points; Jordin Tootoo, 116 PIM. Mighty Ducks - Fedorov, 21 goals, 29 assists and 50 points; Garrett Burnett, 98 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 18): Predators - Power play: 16.4 percent (51 for 311), 12th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.9 percent (226 for 276), 22nd. Mighty Ducks - Power play: 17.2 percent (40 for 232), 10th. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (215 for 255), 18th.
SEASON SERIES: Predators, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Nov. 21; Predators 4-3, OT. At Anaheim, Calif., the Predators rallied from one-goal deficits three times before Scott Hartnell scored 1:31 into overtime.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Predators - 9-15-2-1 on the road; Mighty Ducks - 14-7-6-3 at home.