PREDATORS (8-7-2) at ISLANDERS (6-9-3)
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STRONG IN THE CIRCLE
The Predators rank third in the League in team face-off win percentage this season (54.7 percent). Nashville has been better than 50 percent in the face-off circle in 15 of its 17 games this season.
Nashville is led in the face-off circle by Paul Gaustad, who has won 195-of-326 face-offs this season (59.8 percent) to lead the League in the category among players who have taken at least 175 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 (eighth, 57.3 percent), winning 121-of-211 draws on the season.
• Shea Weber has led Nashville in ice time in 10 of the last 11 games to rank fifth in the League in the category (26:31). Weber’s four goals, all of which have come in the first period, on the season are tied for third among League defensemen. The Preds are 4-0-0 when he finds the back of the net.
• Mattias Ekholm has four points (4a) in his last six outings. He has also averaged 18:22 of ice time this season to rank among the League’s Top 10 rookies.
• Seth Jones leads all first-year players in average time on ice (24:40), and ranks among the League’s Top 20 in the category. His average time on ice is nearly four minutes more than the next closest rookie (Jacob Trouba). The Plano, Texas native is tied for 10th in points among first-year players (2g-5a-7pts), while ranking second in power-play points (1g-3a), seventh in power-play goals (1) and 15th in shots on goal (26) among rookies.
• David Legwand has seven points (3g-4a) in his last five outings, and has 14 points (4g-10a) in 16 games this year to move into the team goals and points lead. Ten (4g-6a) of Legwand’s 14 points this season have come away from the Music City.
• Patric Hornqvist has five points (1g-4a) in his last seven games to move into a tie for the team goals lead and into second in team scoring (4g-6a-10pts).
• Colin Wilson posted his second career four-point outing (2g-2a) on Nov. 6 in Colorado. The effort moved him into third place in team scoring (3g-6a-9pts) this season, while his two power-play goals on the year are tied for second.
• Kevin Klein leads the team and is tied for fourth in the League with 46 blocked shots.
• With 51 hits on the year, Eric Nystrom is tied for 14th in the League in the category.
• When the Preds score first they hold onto the lead, going 7-0-2 in those contests this season.
• The Predators have notched five power-play goals in their last five games, and six man-advantage markers in their last seven outings. The Preds have converted 11-of-55 power-play opportunities this season to move into 12th in the League in the category (20 percent). The Preds 55 power-play opportunities are tied for the fourth-fewest in the League.
• Six of Nashville’s eight wins this season have come by one goal – it is 6-0-2 in one-goal games.
• Nashville is 7-0-1 when scoring three or more goals this season.
• The Preds are 56-34-16 against the Eastern Conference since 2005-06, 32-17-9 vs. the East since 2009-10, and 3-2-0 in inter-conference matchups this 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 fourth 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.
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 0, New Jersey 5 at Prudential Center
• Patric Hornqvist led the team with four shots on goal.
• The Preds complied their lowest shot total of the season (15).
• New Jersey’s 23 shots were the Preds second-lowest shots against total of the season (16, New York Islanders on Oct. 12).
• Nashville’s six power-play opportunities tied their season high (Oct. 19 at Montreal).
• The Preds were shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 22 and 23, 2013.
STORYLINES VS. NEW YORK
Nashville holds an 11-3-2 edge all-time in the series against the Islanders, and has garnered points in all 10 games since the start of the 2002-03 campaign, posting an 8-0-2 record. The Predators are 4-1-2 all-time at Nassau Coliseum.
These teams last met on Long Island in a matinee tilt on Jan. 16, 2012, as Nashville scored on its first two shots of the game before David Legwand closed out a three-goal first period for the Preds. Pekka Rinne made 36 saves, but was denied a shutout when John Tavares scored with 3:58 remaining.
These teams last met exactly a month ago in the Music City, when a four-goal second period, including Seth Jones’ first career goal, saw the game tied after 40 minutes. Ryan Ellis' goal 3:23 into the third period broke the tie as the Preds took home the 3-2 win.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS VS. NYI
• Seth Jones tallied his first career goal – a power-play goal – on Oct. 12, 2013 vs. New York (Evgeni Nabokov).
• Nick Spaling scored his first NHL goal against the Islanders on Dec. 13, 2010 (Dwayne Roloson).
• Eric Nystrom’s father, Bob, has his No. 23 retired by the Islanders. The elder Nystrom was known as “Mr. Islander” in the early 1980s after recording the 1980 Stanley Cup-clinching goal at 7:11 of overtime in Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers. It was the first Stanley Cup in franchise history and first of four straight Cups for the Isles.
15TH ANNIVERSARY MOMENTS
November 12, 2011 – The franchise’s 1,000th regular-season game
Fresh off its annual CMA Road Trip, the franchise played its 1,000th regular season game against the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 12, 2011. David Poile became the first general manager in NHL history to record 1,000 games with two separate franchises (Washington from 1982-97) while Barry Trotz became just the fourth coach to spend 1,000 games behind the bench of a single franchise. Though the Predators lost to the Canadiens 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd at Bridgestone Arena, the night was about reflecting on the first 13-plus years of the franchise’s existence. Employees who had been part of the organization were honored in a pregame ceremony, while Tom Fitzgerald, the Predators’ first captain, Mike Dunham, the franchise’s first expansion draft pick, and David Legwand, the team’s first-ever Entry Draft selection, dropped the first puck.
November 11, 2008 – Dan Ellis sets a franchise record with 54 saves in a 4-3 OT win at San Jose.
In one of the most impressive goaltending performances in franchise history, Dan Ellis stopped a franchise-record 54-of-57 shots as the Predators squeezed out a 4-3 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center. On a night where Nashville was outshot by nearly a two-to-one margin (57-29), Ellis stood on his head, serving as the cornerstone for the penalty kill as they extinguished four chances against in the first 10 minutes, and making 17 stops overall with the team a man down.
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