PREDATORS (9-9-2) at RED WINGS (9-5-7)
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On Saturday night, Nashville won a game by five or more goals for the first time since March 8, 2013 (vs. Edmonton, 6-0), after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks, 7-2. After a four-game stretch that saw Nashville outscored 17-2, the Preds responded in front of the sold out Bridgestone Arena with offensive ferocity.
• The Preds seven goals tied the third-highest goals for total on home ice (sixth time).
• Twelve of Nashville’s 18 skaters found the scoresheet, led by Craig Smith who posted a three-point night (1g-2a).
• Patric Hornqvist tallied his third game-winning goal this season. That ties him for third in the NHL this season, while his 20 game-winners since 2009-10 is tied for 15th in the League. His second period goal came on one of his five shots – a season-high for a Preds player in a period. Hornqvist, who also added an assist on the night, fired six total shots on goal to lead the team for the fifth straight game. He leads the team with 64 shots on goal this season.
• David Legwand’s multi-point effort was his 59th and 60th points vs. Chicago, most against a single team by any player in franchise history. It was his sixth multi-point outing of the season, and fourth in his last eight games. The Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., native has a franchise-leading 114-career multi-point outings.
• Gabriel Bourque connected with Viktor Stalberg in the third period, as the former Blackhawk scored in his first game against his former team. The assist was Bourque’s second point in as many games (1g-1a).
THE CAPTAIN TALLIES NO. 300 & 301
With his two-point effort (1g-1a) on Saturday night against Chicago, Shea Weber became just the fourth player in franchise history to post 300 points (113g-188a-301pts) – following David Legwand, Martin Erat and Kimmo Timonen. The Sicamous, B.C., native is now tied with Timonen as the club’s all-time top defensive scorer.
• With his power-play goal on Saturday, Weber extended his club power-play goals lead to 53 career man-advantage goals. He leads all NHL defensemen with four power-play goals on the year.
• The 6-4, 235-pound blueliner scored outside of the first period for the first time this season. His five goals are tied for fourth among League defensemen. The Preds are 5-0-0 when he finds the back of the net.
• The two-point effort on Saturday was his 55th-career multi-point effort. Weber has led Nashville in ice time in 13 of the last 14 games to rank sixth in the League in the category (26:25).
After being held scoreless in the previous four games, Craig Smith (1g-2a) led the Preds offensive outburst on Saturday night en route to First Star honors. It was the fifth three-point game of Smith’s 136-game career. It was also his second multi-point game of the year and his ninth of his career. The three points moved the Madison, Wis., native into third (4g-7a-11pts) in team scoring. Nashville is now 4-0-0 when Smith scores this season.
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 7, Chicago 2 at Bridgestone Arena
• It was the second time this season Preds have scored multiple goals in all three periods (Colorado on Nov. 6)
• Marek Mazanec won the first game of his career in his third-career start, while posting the most saves (39) by a Preds rookie netminder. He becomes the third goalie to record a win for the Preds this season, and the eighth in Predators history.
• Nashville’s centermen were dominant in the face-off circle, winning 64 percent (43-of-67) of the draws. It was led by Paul Gaustad who went 12 for 15 on the dot (80 percent); Matt Cullen, who went nine for 13 (69 percent); and David Legwand, who also won 69 percent of this face-offs (nine-of-13).
• Ryan Ellis was a game-high and career-high +4 on the night.
• Seth Jones led all skaters with five blocked shots.
• The Preds home power play continued to be potent, scoring two power-play goals on five chances (40 percent). Nashville’s home power play ranks fifth in the League this season (28 percent).
• Nashville kept the League’s top road power play off of the scoresheet on four man-advantage chances.
• Chicago’s 41 shots on goal were the most shots Nashville has allowed in a game this season, while the Blackhawks 18 shots in the second period were the most allowed in a period.
• David Legwand has 10 points (3g-7a) in his last eight outings, and has a team-best 17 points (4g-13a) in 20 games this year. Eleven (4g-7a) of Legwand’s 17 points this season have come away from the Music City.
• Patric Hornqvist has eight points (3g-5a) in his last 10 games to lead the team in goals and move into second in team scoring (6g-7a-13pts).
• Seth Jones leads all first-year players in average time on ice (24:04), and ranks among the League’s Top 30 in the category. With an assist on Saturday night, the Frisco, Texas native is tied for 13th in points among first-year players (2g-6a-8pts), while ranking second in power-play points (1g-3a), ninth in power-play goals (1) and 21st in shots on goal (26) among rookies.
• Kevin Klein leads the team and ranks fourth in the League with 53 blocked shots.
• When the Preds score first they hold onto the lead, going 8-1-2 in those contests this season.
• Six of Nashville’s nine wins this season have come by one goal – it is 6-0-2 in one-goal games.
• Nashville is 8-0-1 when scoring three or more goals this season.
• The Predators are tied for the second-fewest home games played this season (eight), only Dallas has played fewer home games (seven).
• Nashville’s has played 12 road game this season – only Anaheim, Dallas, Edmonton, San Jose and Vancouver have played more games away from their home venues.
• The Preds are 56-37-16 against the Eastern Conference since 2005-06, 32-20-9 vs. the East since 2009-10, and 3-5-0 in inter-conference matchups this season.
• The Predators have had seven rookies appear in the lineup this season. They had eight rookies appear last season, and 11 during the 2011-12 campaign. Nashville is also one of two teams in the NHL to field multiple teenagers in its lineup (Filip Forsberg, 19 and Seth Jones, 19), only Buffalo has had more teenagers on its roster (four).
STRONG IN THE CIRCLE
The Predators rank second in the League in team face-off win percentage this season (55.1 percent). Nashville has been better than 50 percent in the face-off circle in 17 of its 20 games this season.
Nashville is led in the face-off circle by Paul Gaustad, who has won 225-of-367 face-offs this season (61.3 percent) to lead the League in the category among players who have taken at least 250 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 (fourth, 57.8 percent), winning 137-of-237 draws on the season.
STORY LINES VS. DETROIT
These former Central Division rivals meet at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday night for the first of two meetings in 2013-14. After 43 all-time trips (12-24-7), this marks the Preds only trip to the Motor City this season. The Wings will venture south to Nashville for its final game of the 2013 calendar year on Dec. 30.
In their last trip to Detroit on April 25, 2013, the Preds took an early lead on goals from Mike Fisher and Craig Smith. Fisher scored just 1:46 into the game to make it 1-0, before Detroit evened the score a little more than five minutes later, but Smith converted one of the Preds power plays into a goal at 12:30 of the first. The Red Wings scored four unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes en route to the 5-2 win.
Shea Weber has six points (4g-2a) in his last eight regular-season games against the Wings. Nashville’s captain has 22 points (9g-13a) in 45 all-time games against the Wings… Mike Fisher has 11 points (3g-8a) in 20 career games against the Wings… In 67 career games against his hometown team, David Legwand has 40 points (15g-25a). Legwand ranks sixth in goals (204), eighth in assists (339) and seventh in points (543) among Michigan-born NHLers.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS vs. DETROIT
Rich Clune posted a career-high four shots on goal on Feb. 23, 2013 at Detroit
Ryan Ellis made his NHL debut against Detroit on Dec. 26, 2011.
Filip Forsberg made his NHL debut on April 14, 2013 vs. Detroit.
Matt Hendricks tied his career-high with two assists against Detroit on Oct. 22, 2011.
Roman Josi made his NHL debut on Nov. 26, 2011 at Detroit.
Shea Weber made his NHL debut on Jan. 6, 2006 vs. Detroit.
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