FLAMES (15-24-6)* at PREDATORS (19-21-7)
*Prior to Monday night's game in Carolina
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Shea Weber has posted seven points (1g-6a) in his last seven outings and 17 points (3g-14a) in his last 18 games.
• Weber has taken over Nashville’s points lead (10g-19a-29pts) and moved into the League’s Top 10 in defensive scoring.
• Nashville’s captain is one of just three defensemen to lead their team in scoring (Erik Karlsson (OTT) and P.K. Subban (MTL)).
• Weber is tied with Karlsson and Torey Krug (BOS) for the League’s defensive goal-scoring lead (10). Half of Weber’s 10 goals have come in the first period. The Preds are 7-1-2 when their captain finds the back of the net.
• The Sicamous, B.C., native’s team-leading 15 power-play points (7g-8a) are good for fifth among League defensemen (tie), while his seven power-play goals pace all blueliners.
• Weber is fourth in the League in average time on ice this season (26:43) and has played past the half-hour mark on five occasions.
• Weber leads the team and ranks fifth in the League in blocked shots (107), in addition to leading the team in hits (99).
• Weber was named to his second consecutive Canadian Olympic team last week. During the 2010 Olympics, he was named to the tournament’s all-star team after tying for second among blueliners in points (2g-4a) and helping Canada claim gold.
Mike Fisher has 11 points (5g-6a) in his last nine games. Fisher ranks among the League’s top six players in point production during that span (Dec. 28, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014) behind John Tavares (NYI), Thomas Vanek (NYI), Kyle Okposo (NYI), Jeff Skinner (CAR) and Sidney Crosby (PIT). The Peterborough, Ont., native ranks fourth in team scoring (12g-12a-24pts), while he leads all Preds forwards in ice time (19:01) – more than two minutes higher than the next closest forward (David Legwand, 16:42). Fisher also ranks second among club forwards in blocked shots (38) and third in hits (81).
PLAYER QUICK HITS
• Paul Gaustad has won 456-of-767 face-offs (59.4 percent), to rank second in the League in the category (minimum 700 draws).
• Patric Hornqvist, who returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing two games with a lower-body injury, has seven points (2g-5a) in his last 10 outings to tie Mike Fisher for fourth on the team in scoring (9g-15a-24pts). Hornqvist leads the team and ranks 23rd in the League with 138 shots on goal. The Sollentuna, Sweden native is tied for seventh on the club’s all-time goal-scoring list (93) and all-time power-play goals list (32).
• Seth Jones has seven points (1g-6a) in his last 11 games to lead all rookie defensemen in points in that span (Dec. 23, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014). Jones is tied for 13th among first-year players in points (4g-13a-17pts). The Plano, Texas native leads all rookies in games played (47), ranks third in time on ice (20:59), and is ranks among the League’s Top 10 rookies in blocked shots (64), power-play points (6), power-play goals (2) and even-strength assists.
• Roman Josi has led the team in ice time in eight of the last 17 games to rank second on the team and sixth among League defensemen in the category (25:45). Josi was recently named to his first Swiss Olympic Team after missing the 2010 Games with an injury.
• Craig Smith has 11 points (7g-4a) in his last 13 games, moving him into first in goals and third in team scoring (13g-14a-27pts). Eighteen (7g-11a) of Smith’s 27 points this season have come on home ice, and he’s posted a team-high +8 rating at Bridgestone Arena.
• Colin Wilson has seven points (2g-5a) in his last 10 games as he continues to climb the Preds point-scoring leaderboard (7g-15a-22pts). Six (2g-4a) of Wilson’s 22 points have come on game-winning goals this season.
TEAM QUICK HITS
• The Predators are 16-2-4 when they score first (.727), and are 14-1-1 when leading after the first period (.875).
• Eleven of Nashville’s last 38 goals have come on the man advantage. The Preds power play is among the Top 10 in the League (seventh, 19.7 percent), while Nashville’s home power play ranks 11th (21.6 percent). The Preds are 15-4-2 when they score a power-play goal.
• The Preds have not allowed a shorthanded goal since March 21, 2013, when Calgary scored two shorthanded goals – a span of 61 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 (54.2 percent). The Preds have been better than 50 percent in the face-off circle in 38 of their 47 games.
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 0, Minnesota 4 at Bridgestone Arena
• The Predators were again on the winning side of the face-off battle, going 28-of-47 (60 percent). They were led on the dot by Matt Cullen (nine-of-11, 82 percent), Paul Gaustad (seven-of-nine, 78 percent) and David Legwand (nine-of-13, 69 percent).
• Minnesota’s three shots against in the second period matched a season low for Nashville (previously on Jan. 2 at Boston).
• Sixteen of 18 Nashville skaters directed a shot on net (including attempts blocked and missed shots). Patric Hornqvist, who returned from a lower-body injury, led the team with four shots on goal.
STORYLINES VS. CALGARY
The Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames meet on Tuesday night for the first of two meetings in a ten-day span; the Preds will travel to Cowtown on Jan. 24 to close out the series. Nashville has garnered points in six straight when hosting the Flames, going 4-0-2 since the start of the 2010-11 season to improve its home record against them to 17-9-(1)-2 all-time.
In the their last meeting on April 23, the Preds final home game of 2012-13, the teams traded goals through the first two periods with David Legwand and Nick Spaling both scoring for Nashville. The Preds jumped out to a 4-2 lead by the five minute mark of the third period, including rookie forward Austin Watson’s first career goal. The Flames would score late to pull within one, but the Preds held on for the 4-3 win.
In 43 career games against the Flames, Matt Cullen has 21 points (2g-19a)… Kevin Klein last posted two assists in a game on March 21, 2013 against Calgary… David Legwand has 27 points (11g-16a) in 45 career games against the Flames… Craig Smith posted a career-high seven shots against the Flames on Dec. 13, 2011… Shea Weber has posted 13 points (4g-9a) in 26 games against Calgary… Eric Nystrom has drafted by the Flames with the 10th overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Nystrom posted 39 points (19g-20a) in 204 games with Calgary from 2005-06 to 2009-10.
15TH ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
January 16, 2003: 2-2 tie at Calgary erupts in brawl sparked by Vokoun and Iginla
What started out as a routing mid-January game on the NHL calendar resulted in an all-out brawl when the Predators traveled to Calgary’s Saddledome for the teams’ second meeting of the 2002-03 season.
The pot was boiling for the majority of regulation, but the top finally blew off with just two seconds remaining in overtime when Flames star Jarome Iginla charged goaltender Tomas Vokoun while driving to the net. A fed-up Vokoun immediately took his anger out on the Calgary captain, and everyone piled on – including Flames netminder Jamie McLennan who made the 200-foot skate to the other end of the ice.
"Iginla just came down full-speed when I was standing still without the puck," Vokoun said. "In this league, you have to stand up for yourself or you're going to get punished all the time. It was the end of the game and I just went after him."
Vokoun said he initially did not notice McLennan joining the fray.
"I didn't see him because the referee pulled me down and he kind of put the jersey over my head,” Vokoun continued. "Then I knew McLennan came and I was just trying to get up and fight. But I couldn't because the referees were both right there and they were holding on, so we weren't fighting much."
Both goalies received 10-minute misconduct penalties and two-minute roughing calls, with McLennan receiving an extra two for leaving the crease.
The grudge match between the Flames and Preds built from there, providing other memorable moments including Jordin Tootoo’s bout with Iginla on Jan. 22, 2004.
“Those were incidents in the past that stirred some anger,” Head Coach Barry Trotz said of the past history. “We have had some memorable games with them – there have been some scrapes and incidents that have made both teams very competitive.”
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