PREDATORS (7-5-2) at AVALANCHE (12-1-0)
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THE ROAD WARRIOR
On Saturday night, David Legwand posted two goals, including the game-winning goal with less than four minutes remaining, to lead the Preds past Los Angeles. It was his 25th career multi-goal game and his first since March 20, 2012 vs. Edmonton. Legwand’s two-goal outing was also the first multi-goal game by a Pred this season. Saturday was his second multi-point outing in as many nights after he posted three points (1g-2a) last Thursday in Phoenix. The Preds first-ever draft pick (second overall in 1998) has a franchise-record 112 career multiple-point games.
The Grosse Pointe, Mich., native has now posted nine points (2g-6a) in his last seven outings, and has 12 points (4g-8a) in 14 games this year to move into the team goals and points lead. Eight (4g-4a) of Legwand’s 12 points this season have come away from the Music City.
• Ekholm has points/assists in three straight games after posting the only assist on David Legwand’s game-winning goal on Saturday in Los Angeles. The Borlange, Sweden native has averaged 19:09 of ice time this season to rank among the League’s Top 10 rookies.
• Forsberg currently ranks among the League’s Top 20 rookie forwards with four points (1g-3a) on the season, and his average ice time of 13:11 also ranks among the top rookie forwards. All of Forsberg’s points this season have come on the man-advantage – tying him for second in power-play points among rookies.
• After logging a career-high and game-high 30:19 of ice time last Thursday night in Phoenix, Jones leads all first-year players in average time on ice (25:06), and ranks 12th in the League in the category. His average time on ice is nearly four minutes more than the next closest rookie. The Arlington, Texas native is tied for sixth in points among first-year players (2g-5a-7pts) after posting assists in back-to-back games. Jones also ranks second in power-play points (1g-3a), seventh in power-play goals (1) and 10th in shots on goal (26) 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 who has fielded multiple teenagers in its lineup this season (four total).
HORNQVIST HEATS UP
Patric Hornqvist posted his first multi-point game of the season with three assists on Saturday night in Los Angeles, including helpers on both of the Preds first-period power-play goals. It was Hornqvist’s first three-point outing (1g-2a) since Jan. 21, 2013, against St. Louis, his fourth career three-assist game, and ninth career three-point game. With his effort on Saturday, the Sollentuna, Sweden native has five points (1g-4a) in his last four games to move into a tie for the team goals lead and into second in team scoring (4g-6a-10pts).
STRONG IN THE CIRCLE
The Predators rank third in the League in team face-off win percentage this season (54.9 percent). Nashville has been better than 50 percent in the face-off circle in 12 of its 14 games this season – falling below the 50 percent mark in its last two outings.
Nashville is led in the face-off circle by Paul Gaustad, who has won 165-of-269 face-offs this season (61.3 percent) to lead the League in the category among players who have taken at least 150 draws. The 6-5, 220-pound center has ranked among the League’s Top 10 in the category in each of the last four seasons. Matt Cullen also ranks among the League’s top face-off men (seventh, 58.3 percent), after winning seven-of-10 face-offs on Saturday night and 98-of-168 draws on the season.
A FRANCHISE RECORD CMA ROAD TRIP
Since 2006, it has been a staple of the Nashville Predators schedule – the annual extended road trip in early November to accommodate the Country Music Association Awards – being held this year on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Tonight marks the third stop on the franchise record tying seven-game road swing; the Predators also played seven straight on the road earlier this year from Jan.22-Feb. 5, 2013, and first played seven straight on the road from Oct. 30-Nov. 12, 2002. The trip will last 17 days, the longest stretch away from the Music City in franchise history, and see the team go to Phoenix, Los Angeles, Colorado, Winnipeg, New Jersey, New York and Pittsburgh to wrap things up on Nov. 15. Nashville’s next game at Bridgestone Arena will be Nov. 16 against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
• Shea Weber has led Nashville in ice time in seven of the last eight games to rank sixth in the League in the category (26:26). Weber is tied for the League’s defensive goal-scoring lead (4), with all four of his goals coming in the first period. The Preds are 4-0-0 when he finds the back of the net. The Sicamous, B.C., native has three points (2g-1a) in his last four games.
• Kevin Klein leads the team and ranks eighth in the League with 37 blocked shots.
• With 44 hits on the year, Eric Nystrom is tied for 11th in the League in the category.
• When the Preds score first they hold onto the lead, going 6-0-2 in those contests this season.
• Six of Nashville’s seven wins this season have come by one goal – it is 6-0-2 in one-goal games.
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 4, Los Angeles 3 at Staples Center
• Eric Nystrom registered his fourth goal of the season in the second period to tie for the team lead. Nystrom also led the team in shots (3) and hits (7) for the second consecutive game.
• The Preds have seven game-winning goals this season, and David Legwand has points (1g-3a) on four of them.
• Nashville scored multiple power-play goals for the second time this season (Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota). It was also the second time the Preds have scored multiple power-play goals in a period this season (Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota), and the first time they have done it on the road since Dec. 1, 2011 at Vancouver.
• Nashville posted a season-high 23 penalty minutes, including a career-high 17 penalty minutes for Rich Clune.
• The Preds allowed the most shots in a game this season (38), while registering the second-fewest shots (17) of the season.
TONIGHT’S STORYLINES vs. COLORADO
These two teams met at the Pepsi Center ice just a month ago on Oct. 4, as the Avs downed the Preds, 3-1. Colorado took an early 2-0 lead on goals from P.A. Parenteau and Patrick Bordeleau, but the Preds cut the margin in half when Paul Gaustad tallied at 14:10 of the second period. The Preds kept the pressure on late in the game, but Parenteau’s empty-netter with 1:12 remaining secured the victory for the Avs.
The Preds have earned at least a point in five of their last seven trips to Denver (4-2-1 record). Dating back to Nov. 25, 2009, the Predators are 5-3-1 at the Pepsi Center, outscoring the Avs 29-20. All time, Nashville is 12-13-4 in the Mile High City.
Patric Hornqvist has 16 points (8g-8a) in 17 career games against Colorado… Shea Weber has 13 points (4g-9a) in his last 16 games against Colorado… Matt Hendricks broke into the League with Colorado, playing 60 games for the Avs from 2008 to 2010, posting 16 points (9g-7a) and 87 penalty minutes during that span.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS VS. COLORADO
• Rich Clune posted the most assists of his career (2a) on Feb. 13, 2010 vs. Colorado.
• Matt Cullen recorded the only hat trick of his career against Colorado on Feb. 22, 2009.
• Mike Fisher played his first game in a Preds sweater on Feb. 12, 2011 vs. Colorado.
• Paul Gaustad made his NHL debut against the Avs on March 24, 2003.
• Eric Nystrom made his NHL debut on Oct. 10, 2005 at Colorado.
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