PREDATORS (18-18-4) at BRUINS (26-12-2)
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STORYLINES VS. BOSTON
The Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins close out their 2013-14 season series on Thursday night at TD Garden. This is the 19th all-time meeting, and ninth in Beantown, between the Preds and Bruins, with the home team winning six of the last seven games dating back to Dec. 30, 2006. Nashville is 7-9-(1)-1 all-time against the Bruins, and are 2-4-2 in the City on the Hill. Off the ice, Boston is the only team Nashville has not made an additional transaction with (trade or waiver claim) since the Expansion Draft when Nashville selected Mike Sullivan from the Bruins (June 26, 1998).
The Preds and Bruins met just 11 days ago in the Music City, as the Bruins scored three times in the first and third periods en route to a 6-2 win. Craig Smith scored twice for Nashville.
The Preds and Bruins last met at TD Garden on Feb. 11, 2012, as extra time was needed for the second consecutive game between the two teams. Shea Weber, Patric Hornqvist and Mike Fisher all scored in regulation for the Preds, but it was Tyler Seguin’s shootout goal that proved to be the difference maker.
Mike Fisher leads all Preds players with 17 points (9g-8a) in 49 career games against Boston… Paul Gaustad has 16 points (5g-11a) in 42 games against the Bruins… Colin Wilson, who scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 21, 2009 against the Bruins, has been nearly a point-per-game player against Boston (2g-1a-3pts, 4gp). Wilson helped Boston University win the 2009 NCAA National Championship, after finishing second in the nation in both points (55) and assists (38). He was named the 2009 USA College Hockey Player of the Year, Inside College Hockey’s 2009 Player of the Year and one of three 2009 Hobey Baker “Hat Trick” finalist.
The Nashville Predators scored six goals on Monday night against the Detroit Red Wings, tying the second-most goals scored by the Preds this season. With the victory, Nashville improved to 18-5-3 when scoring more than one goal, and 16-0-2 when scoring three or more goals.
• Colin Wilson (2g-1a) posted his highest goals/points total since Nov. 6 at Colorado (2g-2a) on a game-high/career-tying six shots en route to First Star honors. Wilson has five points (2g-3a) in his last three games as he continues to climb the Preds point-scoring leaderboard (7g-13a-20pts). With his game winner on Monday night, Wilson now has five points (2g-3a) on game-winning goals this season.
• Seth Jones has back-to-back multiple-point games after posting two assists against the Wings. The Plano, Texas native has five points (5a) in his last four games to move into a tie for 13th among first-year players in points (3g-12a-15pts). Jones ranks second in time on ice (20:59), while ranking fourth in blocked shots (59), sixth in assists and power-play points (6), and eighth in power-play goals (2) among rookies.
• Craig Smith joined the party with a goal and an assist on the night, giving the third-year winger at least two points in three of his last six contests, and on six total occasions this season. He has posted eight points (5g-3a) in his last eight games, and 15 points (8g-7a) in his last 18 outings, to move into first in goals and second in team scoring (11g-13a-23pts). The Madison, Wis., native owns three of Nashville’s seven two-goal performances this season. Three of Smith’s last seven goals have come on the power play. Nashville is 6-2-0 when Smith scores.
FISHER POSTS SIX
Mike Fisher continues to have the hot hand for Nashville, posting three-points (1g-2a) on Monday night against Detroit. The effort was the veteran center’s second consecutive three-point effort outing, after posting two goals and an assist on Saturday night (3g-3a, 2gp).
• Fisher’s six-point outburst is the first time a Predator has had a combined six points in two consecutive games since Patric Hornqvist (2g-4a, April 5-8, 2011).
• His goal on Monday moved him into second place on the team (10), just one goal behind Craig Smith.
• Fisher recorded the “Gordie Howe hat trick” for the first time in this career on Monday with his goal, his assist on Colin Wilson’s first-period goal and a second-period fight with Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader.
• The Peterborough, Ont., native leads all Preds forwards in ice time (18:56) – more than two minutes higher than the next closest forward (David Legwand, 16:40).
• He also leads club forwards in blocked shots (31) and ranks third in hits (65).
POWER PLAY STAYS HOT
Ten of Nashville’s last 24 goals have come on the man advantage, including power-play tallies in eight of the team’s last nine games. The Preds power play remains one of the League’s most potent (eighth, 20.9 percent), while Nashville’s home power play ranks among the League’s Top Five (fifth, 24.2 percent) after posting a man-advantage goal in seven consecutive games at Bridgestone Arena (nine for 26). The Preds are now 15-3-2 when they score a power-play goal. Shea Weber leads the team with 14 points (7g-7a) on the man advantage this season.
THE CAPTAIN STAYS SOLID
Shea Weber has tallied 10 points (2g-8a) in his last 11 games to rank among the League’s Top 20 in defensive scoring.
• Weber is third in team scoring (9g-13a-22pts).
• Nashville’s captain is tied with Zdeno Chara for second in goals among blueliners (9). Five of Weber’s nine goals have come in the first period. The Preds are 7-1-1 when their captain finds the back of the net.
• The Sicamous, B.C., native’s 14 power-play points (7g-7a) are good for fifth among League defensemen (tie), while his seven power-play goals pace all blueliners.
• Weber led the Predators in ice time (30:36) on Monday night, and is averaging just under 31 minutes over his last three games. Nashville’s captain is fourth in the NHL in average time on ice this season (26:48) and has played past the half-hour mark on five occasions.
• Weber leads the team and ranks 11th in the League in blocked shots (86), in addition to leading the team in hits (88, tied with Eric Nystrom).
PLAYER QUICK HITS
• Roman Josi has seven points (3g-4a) in his last 11 games. The Bern, Switzerland native has led the team in ice time in five of the last 11 games to rank second on the team and ninth among the League defensemen in the category (25:35).
• Patric Hornqvist, who celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday, posted an assist on Monday night, giving him four points (1g-3a) in his last five. With his goal on Saturday night against Los Angeles, the Sollentuna, Sweden native is now one goal shy of moving into a tie for seventh on the club’s all-time goal-scoring list. Nashville is now 7-1-0 when Hornqvist scores a goal.
• David Legwand has 18 points (5g-13a) in his last 29 outings to lead the team with 25 points (6g-19a) in 40 games. Fifteen (5g-10a) of Legwand’s 25 points have come away from the Music City.
• With five points (2g-3a) in his last 10 games, Paul Gaustad is now one point shy of 200 points for his career. He has won 389-of-661 faceoffs (58.8 percent), to rank second in the League (behind Patrice Bergeron) in the category (minimum 600 draws).
TEAM QUICK HITS
• Eight of Nashville’s 18 wins this season have come by one goal – the team is 8-0-4 in one-goal games.
• The Predators are 15-1-2 when they score first (.833), and are 14-0-1 when leading after the first period (.933, second in the League).
• Nashville’s road penalty kill ranks among the League’s best (ninth; 85.2 percent).
• The Preds have not allowed a shorthanded goal since March 21, 2013, when Calgary scored two shorthanded goals – a span of 55 games. Nashville is the only team in the League not to have allowed a shorthanded goal this season.
• Nashville leads the League in team face-off win percentage this season (54.1 percent). The Preds have been better than 50 percent in the face-off circle in 32 of their 40 games.
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 6, Detroit 4 at Bridgestone Arena
• The 10 combined goals tied a season high for most goals by both teams (Nov. 6 at Colorado, 6-4 victory).
• The third frame saw the most goals (six) by both teams combined in any period of a Preds game this season.
• Nashville’s skaters won 40 of the 69 draws tonight, with Fisher leading the team on the dot (12-of-16; 75 percent).
• Marek Mazanec won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 25-27.
15TH ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
January 19, 2001: Cale Hulse nets OT winner as Preds beat Boston in first OT win at home
Despite a scoreless regulation, the game did not lack action, as the teams combined for 57 shots, 10 power plays and countless scoring chances. Hulse provided the heroics with a backhander from the slot after receiving a pass from playmaker Cliff Ronning.
Nashville had played 15 previous overtime home games in team history, tying all but two of them. It had also produced six road victories in sudden death before netting the victory over the Bruins at Bridgestone Arena. Dunham’s solid effort in net was the fifth white-washing in Predators history.
The win gave the Preds some momentum, as they went on to win three straight and seven of their next nine to kick the second half of the season off on the right foot.
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