PREDATORS (4-3-1) at JETS (4-4-0)
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Rookies Filip Forsberg and Seth Jones both found the scoresheet on Saturday night in Montreal. Forsberg posted his second assist of the season on Shea Weber’s first period power-play goal. The Ostervala, Sweden native ranks 11th in average time on ice among rookie forwards (13:46), while his three points (1g-2a) are good for 12th among his peer group.
Jones tallied his first career game-winning goal and his second goal of the season with 1:27 remaining in the final frame against the Habs. The Arlington, Texas native leads all first year players in average time on ice (24:14), and ranks 24th in the League in the category. Jones is also tied for third in power-play goals (1), sixth in shots on goal (18) and ninth in points (2g-2a-4pts) among rookies.
Nashville is one of two teams to field multiple teenagers in their lineup this season with Jones and Forsberg holding two roster spots (both 19). Buffalo is the only other team with multiple teenagers in its lineup (three).
Nashville outshot the opposition for the sixth time in eight games on Saturday in Montreal with a season-high 37 shots on goal. The Predators have now outshot their opponent in five straight games by a total of 169-126. With the 37-29 margin against the Canadiens, the Predators have fired at least 30 shots on goal in five straight games to average of 31.4 shots on goal (12th), while allowing just 28 shots on goal – the ninth fewest shots against per game in the League.
STRONG IN THE CIRCLE
The Predators rank second in team face-off win percentage this season (55.9 percent). Nashville is led in the face-off circle by Paul Gaustad, who has won 101-of-159 draws this season (63.5 percent) to lead the League in the category. The 6-5, 220-pound center has ranked among the League’s Top 10 in the category in each of the last four seasons. David Legwand also ranks among the League’s best in face-off efficiency after going 62 for 108 this season (57.4 percent).
The Predators are playing the back end of their second of 14 sets of back-to-backs in 2013-14 after defeating the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Nashville’s 14 sets of two-games-in-two-nights are five more than a season ago, the Preds are 1-1-0 in the opening game and 0-1-0 on the back end of back-to-back tilts this season. The Preds will play one game at home and one on the road (or vice versa) seven times in 2013-14, they’ll play two road games in two days six times and on one occasion they will hit the Bridgestone Arena ice on back-to-back days.
• With Shea Weber’s power-play goal on Saturday in Montreal, the Preds have recorded five power-play goals in their last six outings, and have won each game in which they’ve scored a man-advantage goal.
• Weber has posted at least 28 minutes of ice time in back-to-back games to rank 10th in the League (25:38).
• Goaltender Pekka Rinne has turned away 93-of-100 shots against to post a 1.71 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage in his last four outings (3-0-1).
• Nashville has not allowed a power-play goal in four straight games, after going a perfect five for five against the Habs on Saturday night.
• Defenseman Kevin Klein leads the Predators and ranks 21st in the League with 18 blocks on the season.
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 1, Montreal 1 at Bell Centre
• The Predators won on the road for the first time this season. They are 1-2-0 away from Bridgestone Arena in 2013-14.
• Nashville had a season-high six power play opportunities, but it was also shorthanded five times – tying a season high.
• Shea Weber opened the scoring for Nashville with his first power-play goal of the season at 12:31 of the first. It was Weber’s 50th career power-play marker – a franchise best.
• David Legwand posted two assists on the night for his first multi-point game since April 2, 2013. With his two-point effort, Legwand is now tied for the team points lead (1g-4a).
TONIGHT’S STORYLINES VS. WINNIPEG
Sunday, the Predators visit the Winnipeg Jets for the first time since the franchise relocated from Atlanta (Dec. 6, 2010), where it resided from 1999-2011. The Preds have earned at least a point in eight of nine games against the team formerly known as the Thrashers since 2005-06, going 6-1-2 in that span. Overall, Nashville is 3-2-3 on the road against the Thrashers/Jets.
In their last meeting at Bridgestone Arena on March 24, 2012, Pekka Rinne made 24 saves and Matt Halischuk – now with the Jets – Gabriel Bourque and Shea Weber all scored to lead the Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Jets.
Colin Wilson, who celebrates his 24th birthday today and calls Winnipeg home, has three points (2g-1a) in three career games against Atlanta/Winnipeg… Matt Cullen has 21 points (5g-16a) in 36 career games against the Thrashers/Jets… Viktor Stalberg has three points (2g-1a) in three career games against Atlanta/Winnipeg.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS VS. WINNIPEG
• Gabriel Bourque posted a career-high five shots on goal against the Jets on March 24, 2012.
• Matt Cullen attempted his first career penalty shot against Atlanta on Nov. 4, 2001 (Milan Hnilicka).
• Mike Fisher scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 31, 1999 vs. Atlanta (Damian Rhodes).
• Matt Hendricks made his NHL debut against Atlanta on March 10, 2009, and scored his last goal on April 23, 2013 vs. Winnipeg.
15th ANNIVERSARY MOMENTS
October 21, 1998: Dunham makes 52 saves at Detroit
Five games into franchise history, Mike Dunham’s 52-save effort against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena still stands as one of the most impressive single-game goaltending performances in franchise history. The save total registered in that night’s 5-2 defeat, Nashville’s first game against the then-defending Stanley Cup Champion Red Wings, still stands as the franchise’s record for the second-most stops in a single game.
Perhaps most impressive that night was that Dunham kept the young Predators in the game, despite the feeling that the visitors from Nashville spent most of the tilt skating uphill. Detroit took a one-goal lead into the third period despite having outshot Nashville 40-7 through two periods, and the Predators tied the game at 1-1 only 1:04 into the third period. The Johnson City, N.Y., native, who now serves as the New York Islanders’ goaltending coach, stopped all 27 shots he faced in the second period, also a single-period franchise record.
October 21, 2009 – Colin Wilson scores his first NHL goal in a place of previous glory
Just four games after becoming the fourth teenager in franchise history to suit up for the Predators, rookie Colin Wilson scored his first career goal at TD Garden in Boston, the city where he played collegiately, helping the Boston University Terriers to an NCAA title just six months prior. Wilson’s performance came one night after receiving his NCAA title ring at BU’s game against Notre Dame.
The play began when Wilson powered the puck away from Patrice Bergeron and hit Patric Hornqvist just outside the blue line and carried the puck into the offensive zone. The quick transition set up a three-on-two break and Hornqvist broke toward the net and fired a shot that beat Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas. The puck deflected over Thomas’s head and was left bouncing in the center of the crease. Wilson, a rugged power forward who was a Hobey Baker Award finalist in his final season at BU, scored his first goal and first NHL point in trademark fashion by crashing the net and batting in the rebound.
Wilson saw 13:26 of ice time and registered the lone goal on two shots-on-goal. The performance earned him the title of the game’s Third Star.
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