CANUCKS (14-10-5) at PREDATORS (13-11-3)
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Nashville’s penalty kill continues to shut down some of the League’s top power plays, including Philadelphia’s Top Five ranked road power play on Saturday night.
• The Preds have held the opposition’s power play scoreless in eight straight games – now the second-longest streak in franchise history (Nov. 16-Nov. 30; the longest streak is nine games from Nov. 18-Dec. 4, 2010).
• Nashville’s penalty kill has held the opposition scoreless on their last 22 times shorthanded, last allowing a power-play goal on Nov. 15 in Pittsburgh, and have only surrendered three power-play goals on 38 times shorthanded in their last 11 outings (92.1 percent).
• The Preds’ penalty kill ranks eighth in the League (85.1 percent), and has allowed the eighth-fewest power-play goals (13). Nashville’s home penalty kill continues to improve as it now ranks 11th in the League (84.6 percent).
Rookie goaltender Marek Mazanec has not allowed more than two goals in a game since Nov. 15 – a span of eight consecutive starts for the 22-year-old.
• The Pisek, Czech Republic native is 5-4-1 with a 2.00 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage and two shutouts. His goals-against average ranks 11th in the League and second among rookie goaltenders behind Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen, while his save percentage is also good for second among rookies and 16th among League netminders (minimum of four starts).
• Mazanec is posting one of the best goal-against averages by a rookie netminder in League history (Brian Boucher, 1999-00, 1.91; Marty Turco, 2000-01, 1.90; Tukka Rask, 2009-10, 1.97; Andersen, 2013-14, 1.70; Mazanec, 2013-14, 2.00).
• Mazanec has also played the third-fewest minutes (630:36) among goaltenders with multiple shutouts this season (2).
• David Legwand has 13 points (4g-9a) in his last 15 outings to lead the team with 20 points (5g-15a) in 27 games. Thirteen (5g-8a) of Legwand’s 20 points have come away from the Music City.
• Matt Cullen, who played in his 1,100th career game on Saturday against the Flyers, has posted nine points (3g-6a), including three multi-point outings, in his last eight games. He is one of only three players 37 years old or older to play for Nashville (Hal Gill, Martin Gelinas).
• Since becoming a father for the first time on Nov. 13, Gabriel Bourque has posted eight points (3g-5a) in nine games, including four points (1g-3a) in his last four.
• Craig Smith has posted four points (1g-3a) in his last six games, and has seven points (3g-4a) in his last eight outings. Smith ranks second in team scoring (6g-9a-15pts) and shots (69).
• Patric Hornqvist posted an assist in his return to the lineup on Saturday after missing three games with an upper-body injury. The helper gives him nine points (3g-6a) in his last 14 games to move into a tie for second in goals and third in team scoring (6g-8a-14pts). The Sollentuna, Sweden native also leads the team with 72 shots.
• Seth Jones leads all first-year players in average time on ice (23:42), after recording a career-high 30:43 on Saturday night. The Frisco, Texas native is tied for 16th in points among first-year players (3g-6a-9pts), 14th in goals (3), 13th in shots on goal (41), and is tied for first in blocked shots (47), while ranking third in power-play goals and power-play points (2g-3a-5pts) among rookies.
• Kevin Klein, who is currently day-to-day with a lower-body injury, leads the team and ranks 14th in the League with 58 blocked shots.
• When the Preds score first they hold onto the lead, going 11-1-2 in those contests.
• Six of Nashville’s 13 wins this season have come by one goal – it is 6-0-3 in one-goal games.
• Nashville is 13-1-2 when scoring more than one goal, and 11-0-1 when scoring three or more goals.
• The Preds have outscored their opposition 8-4 in the second period and 16-10 in the final 40 minutes in their last eight games.
• Nashville’s power play ranks 11th in the League (19.8 percent), while its home power play remains one of the League’s best (11th, 20.6 percent).
• The Preds have not allowed a shorthanded goal since March 21, 2013, when Calgary scored two shorthanded goals – a span of 47 games. Nashville is the only team in the League not to have allowed a shorthanded goal 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 this season (four).
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 2, Philadelphia 3 (SO) at Bridgestone Arena
• Nashville has now earned at least a point in the standings in six of the last eight games (5-2-1).
• Joe Piskula made his debut in a Preds uniform, recording 10:27 of ice time and a +1 rating.
• Mike Fisher opened the scoring for Nashville at 17:49 of the first period. Fisher has three goals in his last four games.
• Colin Wilson's third-period goal was his first since his two-goal, four-point (2g-2a) outing on Nov. 6 at Colorado. He also posted a season-high four shots on goal.
• With an assist on Wilson’s goal, Ryan Ellis has posted three points (3a) in his last three games.
• Roman Josi led all players in ice time with 32:26 (his first game over 30 minutes this season).
• With 36 shots, the Preds have now outshot the opposition in three straight games, and put at least 35 shots on goal six times in 2013-14.
• All 18 Preds skaters recorded at least one shot on goal on Saturday night, as Nashville outshot Philadelphia 35-14 at even strength. Matt Cullen led all Nashville skaters with five shots on goal.
SOLID IN THE CIRCLE
The Predators lead in the League in team face-off win percentage this season (55 percent). Nashville has been better than 50 percent in the face-off circle in 24 of its 27 games. Nashville is led in the face-off circle by Paul Gaustad, who has won 279-of-453 face-offs (61.6 percent) to lead the League in the category (minimum 300 draws). Matt Cullen also ranks among the League’s top face-off men (sixth, 58.2 percent), winning 191-of-328 draws.
With seven goals on the season, Shea Weber – who is currently day-to-day with an upper-body injury – is tied with Erik Karlsson (OTT), Torey Krug (BOS), and Michael Stone (PHX) for the goal-scoring lead among blueliners (7). Nashville’s captain is the only defenseman in the League to lead his team in goal scoring.
• The Preds are 7-0-0 when their captain finds the back of the net.
• The Sicamous, B.C., native ranks sixth on the team (7g-5a-12pts).
• Weber has led Nashville in ice time in 16 of the last 20 games he’s played to rank seventh in the League in the category (26:09).
• Nashville’s captain ranks second on the in hits (62) and blocked shots (54).
HOME ICE ADVANTAGE
Nashville has posted a 6-4-2 record at home in 2013-14. The Predators have been one of the League’s best teams on home ice since the beginning of the 2005-06 season, compiling 198 home victories, tied for the fourth most in the NHL in that span and just two wins behind Vancouver for third. Nashville is the only team in the NHL to post at least 23 home victories in seven consecutive full seasons.
STORYLINES VS. VANCOUVER
The Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks meet on Tuesday night for their only meeting at Bridgestone Arena in 2013-14; the Preds will travel to Vancouver on Jan. 3 and March 19, 2014. Vancouver won all three meetings in the shortened 2012-13 season. Nashville has posted an 11-12-6 all-time record against the Canucks on home ice.
In the last meeting on April 15, Vancouver jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes, before the Preds responded with two goals in the first 11:40 of the second period. The Canucks would go on to score three unanswered goals to defeat the Preds 5-2 at Bridgestone Arena.
Fisher has seven points (5g-2a) in his last five games against Vancouver. In 21 career games against the Canucks, he has 11 goals and 15 points… David Legwand has 25 points (10g-15a) in 48 career games against Vancouver… The Preds have two B.C. natives on their roster – Victor Bartley (Maple Ridge) and Shea Weber (Sicamous) – in addition Bartley and Weber, other B.C.-born players in the organization, include North Vancouver’s Colton Sissons, drafted 50th overall (second round) in the 2012 Entry Draft. Sissons, who is in the midst of his first professional season with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL), is currently leading the Ads in scoring (7g-7a-14pts, 20gp).
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS vs. VANCOUVER
Matt Cullen fired a career-high nine shots on goal on Nov. 3, 2011 against the Canucks.
Mike Fisher scored his first goal as a Predator on Feb. 17, 2011 against the Canucks (Luongo), and last tied his career-high with three points (1g-2a) against Vancouver on March 21, 2012.
Eric Nystrom posted a career-high four points (2g-2a) on April 5, 2008 at Vancouver.
Craig Smith posted a career-high three assists on Dec. 1, 2011 at Vancouver.
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