STARS (21-19-8) at PREDATORS (21-22-7)
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LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 4, Colorado 5 at Bridgestone Arena
• It was Nashville's first loss to Colorado on home ice since Jan. 6, 2009.
• The loss was the Preds first in regulation when scoring more than three goals. They are now 11-1-2 in those games.
• The Preds have seven third-period goals in their last three games, including two three-goal efforts (Jan. 14 vs. Calgary), after not scoring in the previous four third periods combined. The third period has been Nashville’s most productive this season (41 goals).
• Patric Hornqvist’s power-play goal at 14:36 of the second period, moved him into sole possession of seventh place on Nashville’s all-time goal scorers (94) and power-play goal scorers (33) list. Four of Hornqvist’s last five goals have come on the power play.
• With his third-period goal, Craig Smith set a career high with 15 goals (previously 14 goals in 72 games played in 2011-12).
• Ryan Ellis netted his second goal in three games. Ellis, who also added an assist, has four points (2-2a) in his last three games. The goal tied his career high (3) set in 32 games during his rookie campaign in 2010-11.
• Newly acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves in his first start with the Predators.
• Nashville outshot Colorado 31-29. It was led by Smith with four shots on goal, while Victor Bartley posted a career-high three shots.
POWER PLAY CLICKS
Patric Hornqvist’s power-play goal on Saturday night was the Preds fifth man-advantage goal in their last three outings (five for 13, 38.4 percent). Nashville’s power play is among the Top 10 in the League (sixth, 21.3 percent), and its home power play ranks seventh (23.2 percent). The Preds are 17-5-2 when they score a power-play goal. Shea Weber leads the team with 18 points (9g-9ga) on the man-advantage.
With his third multi-point outing (1g-1a) of the season on Saturday against Colorado, Roman Josi has recorded points in three straight games (1g-3a) and has six points (2g-4a) in his last nine outings. The two-point effort tied his career high in goals and points (5g-13a-18pts) set in 48 games last season. The Bern, Switzerland native ranks second on the team and fifth among League defensemen in average ice time (25:58). He 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.
Mike Fisher has 13 points (5g-8a) since Dec. 28 (12gp) to rank among the League’s top players in point production during that span. The Peterborough, Ont., native ranks fourth in team scoring (12g-14a-26pts), while he leads all Preds forwards in ice time (19:08) – more than two minutes higher than the next closest forward (David Legwand, 16:46). Fisher also ranks second among club forwards in blocked shots (39) and hits (81).
NORRIS CALIBER CAPTAIN
Shea Weber has been the League’s top point-producing defenseman since Dec. 28, posting 12 points (3g-9a, 12gp) in that span.
• With 21 points (5g-16a) in his last 21 games, Nashville’s captain ranks among the League’s Top 10 defensemen in scoring (12g-21a-33pts).
• Weber leads all League defensemen in goals, while his nine power-play goals pace all blueliners and rank among the League’s Top Five skaters.
• Six of Weber’s 12 goals have come in the first period. The Preds are 9-1-2 when their captain finds the back of the net.
• The Sicamous, B.C., native’s team-leading 18 power-play points (9g-9a) are good for second among League defensemen (tie) and rank among the Top 15 skaters in the League.
• After posting 27:51 of ice time on Saturday, Weber now ranks fourth in the League in average ice time (26:52) and has played past the half-hour mark six times.
• Weber leads the team and ranks seventh in the League in blocked shots (111), in addition to tying Eric Nystrom for the team lead in hits (102).
• Weber was named an alternate captain for the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team on Sunday – his second Olympic appearance for Canada. 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.
PLAYER QUICK HITS
• Paul Gaustad has won 484-of-819 face-offs (59.1 percent) to rank second in the League in the category (minimum 800 draws).
• Patric Hornqvist has eight points (3g-5a) in his last 13 outings to rank fifth on the team in scoring (10g-15a-25pts). Hornqvist leads the team and ranks 22nd in the League with 148 shots on goal.
• With eight points (1g-7a) in his last 14 games, Seth Jones is the highest scoring rookie defenseman, and the fifth highest scoring rookie skater in that span (since Dec. 23, 2013). Jones is tied for 13th among first-year players in points (4g-14a-18pts), leads all rookies in games played (50), ranks third in average time on ice (20:58), and is among the League’s Top 10 rookies in blocked shots (67), power-play points (7) and power-play goals (2).
• David Legwand has eight points (2g-6a) in his last seven outings.
• Craig Smith has 13 points (9g-4a) in his last 16 games, moving him into first on the team in goals and third in points (15g-14a-29pts). Twenty (9g-11a) of Smith’s 29 points this season have come on home ice, and he’s posted a team-high +10 rating at Bridgestone Arena.
TEAM QUICK HITS
• The Predators are 17-2-4 when they score first (.739), and are 15-1-1 when leading after the first period (.882).
• The Preds have not allowed a shorthanded goal since March 21, 2013, when Calgary scored two shorthanded goals – a span of 67 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 (53.7 percent). The Preds have been better than 50 percent in the face-off circle in 39 of their 50 games.
STORYLINES VS. DALLAS
The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars square off on Monday night for their final meeting of the season in the Music City. The Preds will travel to the “Big D” on March 28 and April 8 to close out the five-game season series. Nashville is 24-30-2 all-time against the Stars, and holds the 16-12-1 advantage on home ice.
These two teams last met up on Dec. 27 at American Airlines Center, when Erik Cole scored twice, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 shots in the Stars’ 4-1 victory. Kevin Klein posted the lone goal for Nashville.
In the their first rendezvous in Nashville, goaltender Carter Hutton turned aside 33-of-34 shots, including 12 in the third period, in a 3-1 Nashville victory. After Cole opened the scoring at 18:07 of the first, Nashville responded with power-play goals from David Legwand and Patric Hornqvist just 28 seconds apart to close out the frame. The Preds would jump out to the 3-1 lead when Paul Gaustad beat Lehtonen nine minutes into the second period.
Patric Hornqvist has 11 points (7g-4a) in 17 career games against Dallas… Craig Smith has four points (1g-4a) in six career games against the Stars… Colin Wilson has eight points (4g-4a) in 11 career games against the Stars… Eric Nystrom played the previous two seasons with Dallas, posting 32 points (23g-9a) in 95 games.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS vs. DALLAS
• Gabriel Bourque scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 5, 2012 (Kari Lehtonen).
• Rich Clune converted his first-career penalty shot on March 12, 2013 (Kari Lehtonen).
• Mike Fisher scored on the first of two career penalty shots on Dec. 5, 2001 (Marty Turco). He also played his 800th career game on March 12, 2013.
• Patric Hornqvist posted a career-high/franchise-record 14 shots on Dec. 28, 2010, and scored his first career goal on Oct. 15, 2008 (Marty Turco).
• Roman Josi recorded a career-high in goals and points (2g-2a-4pts) on Feb. 25, 2013.
• David Legwand posted the most recent of two career hat tricks on Oct. 6, 2007.
• Viktor Stalberg tallied a career-high three assists on March 16, 2013, and attempted his first career penalty shot on Jan. 5, 2011 (no goal).
• Shea Weber appeared in his 500th career NHL game on Feb. 25, 2013.
15TH ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
January 20, 2007: Legwand posts first career hat trick
Eight-and-a-half years after joining the Predators organization as a 17-year-old youngster out of the Detroit suburbs, David Legwand posted his first career hat trick in a 6-3 rout of the Central Division foe Chicago at Bridgestone Arena.
Legwand’s third goal not only sent the hats flying, but vaulted him into sole possession of first place on the franchise’s all-time goals list with 97.
The night was just one of many highlights for Legwand in 2006-07, as he posted a career-best in goals (27), assists (36) and points (63). The team parlayed the performance into a four-game winning streak, their fifth streak of four or more consecutive wins during the record-setting season.
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