PREDATORS (20-21-7) at FLYERS (24-19-4)
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With his power-play goal on Tuesday night against Calgary, Shea Weber has posted 18 points (4g-14a) in his last 19 games.
• With Tuesday’s goal, Weber now leads all League defensemen in goals, and has moved into the League’s Top 10 in defensive scoring (11g-19a-30pts).
• Six of Weber’s 11 goals have come in the first period. The Preds are 8-1-2 when their captain finds the back of the net.
• The Sicamous, B.C., native’s team-leading 16 power-play points (8g-8a) are good for fifth among League defensemen (tie), while his eight power-play goals pace all blueliners and rank among the League’s Top Five skaters.
• Weber is fourth in the League in average time on ice this season (26:44) and has played past the half-hour mark on five occasions.
• Weber leads the team and ranks sixth in the League in blocked shots (109), 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 10 players in point production during that span (Dec. 28, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014). The Peterborough, Ont., native ranks fourth in team scoring (12g-12a-24pts), while he leads all Preds forwards in ice time (19:04) – more than two minutes higher than the next closest forward (David Legwand, 16:40). Fisher also ranks second among club forwards in blocked shots (39) and third in hits (81).
SMITH LEADS THE WAY
With his game-winning goal on Tuesday night, Craig Smith has 12 points (8g-4a) in his last 14 games, moving him into first in goals and third in team scoring (14g-14a-28pts). Tuesday’s game winner was Smith’s third this season, tying Patric Hornqvist for the team lead. His 14 goals this season match his career high posted during his rookie campaign in 2011-12 (72 games). He posted just four goals in 44 games a season ago. Nineteen (8g-11a) of Smith’s 28 points this season have come on home ice, and he’s posted a team-high +9 rating at Bridgestone Arena.
PLAYER QUICK HITS
• Paul Gaustad has won 471-of-790 face-offs (59.6 percent), to rank second in the League in the category (minimum 700 draws).
• Patric Hornqvist has seven points (2g-5a) in his last 11 outings to tie Mike Fisher for fourth on the team in scoring (9g-15a-24pts). Hornqvist leads the team and ranks 22nd in the League with 143 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 eight points (1g-7a) in his last 12 games – the third highest-scoring rookie in that span (Dec. 23, 2013-Jan. 14, 2014). Jones is tied for 12th among first-year players in points (4g-14a-18pts). The Plano, Texas native leads all rookies in games played (48), ranks third in time on ice (20:57), and is ranks among the League’s Top 10 rookies in blocked shots (64), power-play points (7) and power-play goals (2).
• David Legwand has five points (1g-4a) in his last five outings after posting his third career three-assist game on Tuesday against Calgary. It was his second three-point effort and 10th multi-point game of the season. Sixteen (5g-11a) of Legwand’s team-leading 31 points have come on the road.
• Roman Josi has led the team in ice time in eight of the last 18 games to rank second on the team and sixth among League defensemen in the category (25:47). Josi was recently named to his second Swiss Olympic Team. He was named to the Swiss team in 2010, but missed the Vancouver games due to injury.
• Colin Wilson has seven points (2g-5a) in his last 11 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 17-2-4 when they score first (.739), and are 14-1-1 when leading after the first period (.875).
• Thirteen of Nashville’s last 42 goals have come on the man advantage. The Preds power play is among the Top 10 in the League (seventh, 20.6 percent), while Nashville’s home power play ranks sixth (23.1 percent). The Preds are 16-4-2 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 66 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 39 of their 48 games.
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 4, Calgary 2 at Bridgestone Arena
• The Preds posted two power-play goals in game for the eighth time this season. It was Nashville’s first two-goal performance on the power play since Dec. 21.
• The Preds three-goal third period tied a season high for the frame.
• The 15 shots on goal by Nashville were the most in a first period since Dec. 17 against Chicago (17 shots). The 34 shots in the game, and the +10 shot differential for the Preds were both six-game highs.
• Patric Hornqvist led all skaters with five shots on goal.
• Carter Hutton posted his first win since Dec. 14 vs. San Jose, after turning aside of 22 of the 24 shots he faced.
STORYLINES VS. PHILADELPHIA
The Nashville Predators travel to Wells Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the final game of their 2013-14 season series. The Preds are 6-7-4 all-time against the Flyers, and are 3-5-(1)-0 in the City of Brotherly Love. Nashville last won in Philadelphia on Nov. 29, 2006.
These two teams met on Nov. 30 in Nashville, with Philadelphia taking home a 3-2 shootout victory. Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson scored for the Preds, and Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier found the back of the net for the Flyers. With the score tied after the final buzzer, the overtime period was needed as the Preds kept the pressure on the Flyers and goaltender Steve Mason, but Mason stood tall to force the tie-breaker. In the shootout, it was Vinny Lecavalier’s opening goal that stood as the difference maker.
The Preds last traveled to Philly on Feb. 2, 2012, when Wayne Simmonds scored twice in a 4-1 win for the Flyers.
Matt Cullen has played more games against the Flyers than any other Predator. He has 25 points (11g-14a) in 42 career games vs. Philly… Paul Gaustad has 13 points (5g-8a) in 26 games against the Flyers… Mike Fisher, who made his NHL debut against Philly on Oct. 2, 1999, has posted 15 points (6g-9a) in 38 career games against the Flyers... Kevin Klein also made his NHL debut against Philadelphia on Dec. 3, 2005.
15TH ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
January 15, 1999: Tomas Vokoun posts first shutout in franchise history
After starting the Predators inaugural season third on the goaltending depth chart behind Mike Dunham and Eric Fichaud, Tomas Vokoun stopped all 31 shots he faced to author the first shutout in franchise history against the Phoenix Coyotes in the team’s 42nd game.
“We talked a lot about Dunham coming in, but Tomas Vokoun has come from almost nowhere," Head Coach Barry Trotz said. "We thought he'd be a good prospect, maybe after a year in Milwaukee, but he has been holding the ship afloat while Dunham's been hurt. We could be buried, 10-12 points out of a playoff spot. But Tomas has held the ship and kept us in games, like tonight."
Cliff Ronning, who started the season with the Coyotes, came back to haunt his former team by scoring a power-play goal in the first period, and sealed the deal with an empty netter at 19:01 of the third.
The then-22-year-old Vokoun was lights out in just the 15th start of his rookie season, withstanding 24 shots over the final two periods, which included stoning Juha Ylonen and Shane Doan on breakaways in the second frame.
"I was trying to think about winning first,” Vokoun said. “I first thought of the shutout when we got our second goal.”
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