Roman Josi

Ducks are still chasing last season’s playoff form in loss to Predators

Ducks are still chasing last season’s playoff form in loss to Predators

A little more than five months ago the Ducks and Nashville Predators faced off for the Western Conference championship and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final, an intriguing matchup between the Pacific division-winning Ducks and the No. 8-seeded Predators, who had shockingly swept Chicago in the first round of the playoffs. When the Ducks and Predators met again Friday, neither was sitting in a top-eight spot in the West.

A lot has changed for both teams, as neither has consistently played its best this season. The Ducks have been plagued by injuries, notably to top centers Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler and winger Patrick Eaves. The Predators, who beat the Ducks to win the West but lost...

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