BLUES (21-14-2) AT PREDATORS (15-17-8)
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WEBER’S NORRIS PUSH
Shea Weber posted his fifth multi-point effort (1g-1a) of the season on Sunday night in Chicago, moving him into a tie with David Legwand for the team lead in points (8g-15a-23pts). Weber’s second period marker also tied him with Jason Arnott (107) for third on the franchise’s all-time goals list. Nashville’s captain led all Predators skaters in ice time for the 32nd time this season (24:50) as he continues to excel in multiple areas of the game.
• Weber has 22 points (8g-14a) in his last 27 games. He’s tied for second among NHL defensemen in goals and tied for seventh in points (8g-15a-23pts). Weber also ranks among the Top 10 d-men in power-play goals (3).
• The back-to-back Norris Trophy runner-up ranks among the NHL’s top defensemen in total minutes played (1,040:58), and sixth in average ice time (26:01).
• Weber leads the team and is third among defensemen in shots (105).
• The Sicamous, B.C., native ranks among the Top 20 at the position in both hits (88) and blocked shots (79) – he’s the only blueliner to rank among the Top 25 in points, hits and blocked shots while averaging more than 25:00 per game.
LEGWAND LEADS PREDS
David Legwand has posted six points (3g-3a) in his last five games, and 16 points (8g-8a) in his last 17 games to rank among the League’s top players during that span. Those totals also move him atop both the team’s goals and points lists – he is tied with Gabriel Bourque in goals (11) and Shea Weber in points (11g-12a-23pts). Seven of Legwand’s 11 goals this season have come in the third period; in 2011-12 he scored 12 of his 19 goals in the third period or overtime. Nashville’s all-time leading scorer is just one goal shy of 200 for his career.
RINNE’S A WORKHORSE
Pekka Rinne leads the NHL in both games played (38) and minutes played (2,144:46). He has started 24 consecutive games – the second-longest streak in franchise history to Tomas Vokoun’s 38 starts from Jan. 16-April 6, 2003. He has appeared in 28 straight, also second to Vokoun’s 38 appearances during the same span.
LAST TIME OUT: NASHVILLE 3 at CHICAGO 5
• Nick Spaling scored a goal and collected an assist to record his second multi-point performance of the season, and the sixth of his career. The Predators are 19-3-1 when Spaling scores and goal and 33-8-3 when he records a point during his career.
• Matt Halischuk collected an assist, giving him six points (2g-4a) in 13 games since returning from a Conditioning Assignment with Milwaukee (AHL). Prior to that, he had one assist in 16 NHL contests.
• Austin Watson – Nashville’s first pick in the 2010 Draft (18th overall) – made his NHL debut, logging 13:47 and putting one shot on net.
• Patric Hornqvist accounted for more than one-fourth of Nashville’s shots (six of 22). He has four points (1g-3a) in his last five games. Since returning from an eight-game absence on March 23, the Sollentuna, Sweden native has five points (1g-4a) in eight games.
• Nashville was shorthanded just once for the second consecutive game. The Preds are averaging the fourth fewest penalty minutes per game this season (10.0) and have been shorthanded the fifth fewest times (120).
• The Predators kept the Blackhawks from scoring on their only power-play opportunity. The Preds' PK unit has allowed only one man-advantage goal in their last six outings, extinguishing 9-of-10 times shorthanded in that span.
• Chicago put 40 shots on goal, tying a season high for shots against with the last time Nashville visited the United Center (April 1).
• Nashville outhit Chicago 42-22. Rich Clune led all Nashville skaters with nine hits; he is now tied for 10th in the NHL in the category (126). Clune is also fourth in the NHL in major penalties (11).
• Nashville blocked 18 Chicago shots, let by Kevin Klein (5). Klein ranks among the League’s Top 20 in the category.
• Brandon Yip left the game early with a lower-body injury and is doubtful for Tuesday's game.
TEAM AND PLAYER QUICK HITS
• The Predators are allowing the fifth-fewest goals against on home ice (2.00 goals-against average, 38 goals in 19 games).
• Nashville is allowing the fifth fewest shots against the season – 27.6 per game.
• Roman Josi has nine points (2g-7a) in the last 13 games. Josi is averaging 23:26 of ice time this season, up more than five minutes from his rookie season (18:23).
• Gabriel Bourque – who has missed the past four games – has eight points (5g-3a) in his last 11 games, and seven goals in his last 15 games. Bourque leads the team in goals (11), with seven coming on the road.
• Taylor Beck has six points (2g-4a) in his last nine games. He has played 11 career NHL games since joining the team on March 19.
TONIGHT’S STORYLINES VS. ST. LOUIS
After seeing each other three times in the first nine games of 2012-13, the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues face-off for the fourth time this season, but first since Feb. 5, on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena. In the most recent meeting at the Scottrade Center, the Predators tied a season high in goals as they routed the Blues by a 6-1 margin. Nashville did it efficiently too – it put only 19 shots on net. Martin Erat’s goal and two assists and Colin Wilson’s career-high three helpers led the offensive charge for Nashville, with Ryan Ellis (1g-1a), Jonathon Blum (2a) and Paul Gaustad (2a) also recording multi-point games. In total, 11 Predators reached the scoresheet.
The Predators also visited St. Louis on Jan. 24, falling by a 3-0 score. The teams also met Jan. 21 at Bridgestone Arena, with the Blues winning in a shootout, 4-3. Four of the last eight games between Nashville and St. Louis have gone to a shootout, and dating back to 2005-06 when the shootout was implemented, Nashville has gone to a shootout 13 times with the Blues, more than any other team (8-5 record). Nashville has garnered points in seven-of-nine games (5-2-2) against the Blues since the beginning of last season, including a 2-0-2 mark on home ice.
Patric Hornqvist has 13 points (5g-8a) in 19 career games against St. Louis, including three (1g-2a) in two games this season… Brandon Yip has seven points (5g-2a) in 12 career games against the Blues… David Legwand has played 69 career games against the Blues – more than any Predator player against any opponent all-time – posting 33 points (11g-22a)… During his career, Pekka Rinne has posted a13-7-4 record with a 1.95 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage against the Blues… Chris Mason possesses a 13-4-2 record, a 2.05 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. Mason ended his second stint with the Predators when he was traded to the Blues on June 20, 2008. In 118 games with St. Louis from 2008-10, the Red Deer, Alta., native posted a 57-43-15 record with eight shutouts, a 2.47 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage… Despite the Blues being a division rival, five current Predators have never played a game against them (Bartley, Beck, Butler, Mueller and Watson), while eight more have played less than 10 games against St. Louis (Blum, Bourque, Clune, Ellis, Gaustad, Halischuk, Josi and Smith).
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS vs. ST. LOUIS
Patric Hornqvist – First career NHL game on Oct. 10, 2008 at St. Louis
Sergei Kostitsyn – First game as a Predator on Oct. 14, 2011 vs. St. Louis
David Legwand – Most recent of two career four-point games (2g-2a) on Oct. 8, 2011 at St. Louis
Shea Weber – First career NHL goal on April 6, 2006 at St. Louis (goalie Reinhard Divis)
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