PREDATORS (23-23-8) at JETS (25-24-5)
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NORRIS CALIBER CAPTAIN
Shea Weber has been one of the League’s top point-producing defensemen since Dec. 28, posting 14 points (4g-10a, 16gp) in that span.
• With 22 points (6g-16a) in his last 23 games, Nashville’s captain ranks among the League’s Top 10 defensemen in scoring (13g-22a-35pts).
• Weber leads all League defensemen in goals (13), and his nine power-play goals pace all blueliners and rank among the League’s Top Five skaters.
• Seven of Weber’s 13 goals have come in the first period. The Preds are 10-1-2 when their captain finds the back of the net.
• Six (2g-4a) of Weber’s 35 points have come on game-winning goals.
• His team-leading 18 power-play points (9g-9a) are good for third among League defensemen (tie) and rank among the Top 15 skaters in the League.
• Weber ranks fourth in the League in average ice time (26:53) and has played past the half-hour mark seven times.
• Weber leads his team and ranks seventh in the NHL in blocked shots (118). He also ranks second on the team in hits (106).
• The Sicamous, B.C., native will serve as an alternate captain for the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team in Sochi next month – it is 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.
Roman Josi has eight points (2g-6a) in his last seven games, including three multi-point games in his last five outings. The 6-1, 192-pound blueliner is having a career year after surpassing his previous career point high last Monday against Dallas. The Bern, Switzerland native ranks second on the team and fifth among all League skaters in average ice time (26:04).
With Nashville’s lone marker in last Friday’s shootout in Calgary, Josi became one of just two blueliners in the NHL this season, and just the second in franchise history, to record multiple shootout tallies. He was recently selected for his second Swiss Olympic Team. He was named to the Swiss team in 2010, but missed the Vancouver Games due to injury.
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 1, Edmonton 5 at Rexall Place
• David Legwand pocketed his ninth goal of the season. He has 10 points (3g-7a) in his last 11 outings and leads the team with 36 points (9g-27a).
• Nashville outshot Edmonton 35-27, including 17 shots in the third period. It was Nashville’s highest shot total in a single period since putting a season-high 20 on net in the second period vs. Montreal on Dec. 21.
• Patric Hornqvist led the team with six shots on goal, while Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque fired five shots each. The total tied a season high for Weber (four times), and tied a career high for Bourque.
• Colin Wilson led the team on the face-off dot, going seven for nine (78 percent) on the night.
PLAYER QUICK HITS
• Mike Fisher has compiled 14 points (6g-8a) since Dec. 28 (16gp) to rank among the League’s top point-producers during that span. The Peterborough, Ont., native leads all Preds forwards in ice time (19:06) – more than two minutes higher than the next closest forward (David Legwand, 16:51). Fisher also ranks second among club forwards in blocked shots (44) and hits (88).
• Paul Gaustad has won 518-of-883 face-offs (58.7 percent) to rank second in the League in the category (minimum 800 draws).
• Seth Jones is tied for 14th among first-year players in points (4g-15a-19pts), leads all rookies in games played (54), ranks third in average time on ice (20:53), and is among the League’s Top 10 rookies in blocked shots (75), power-play points (8) and power-play goals (2).
• Eric Nystrom posted his first career hat trick and the first four-goal game in Preds history on Friday night against the Flames. He became the fifth player in the NHL to post four goals in a game this season. Nystrom’s trick was the 22nd in club history, and first since New Year’s Day 2012 (Sergei Kostitsyn). Nystrom has six points (4g-2a) in his last three outings, giving him 15 points (11g-4a) on year – he is just five goals shy of tying his career high (16) and six points shy of his career high (16g-5a-21pts, 2011-12).
TROTZ CLIMBS ALL-TIME LISTS
Barry Trotz, the only head coach the Nashville Predators have ever known, tied fellow Manitoban Bill Reay for 14th on the all-time wins list (542) with his win on Thursday in Vancouver. Trotz is now seven wins shy of tying Marc Crawford for 13th all-time (549). The Dauphin, Manitoba, native is the longest tenured head coach in the NHL (1,168 games) and has the second-longest active tenure in all four major sports behind the San Antonio Spurs’ Head Coach Gregg Popovich. Trotz’s system has seen marked improvement over the past 10 seasons, as the Preds posted a 145-199-49-17 record through the club's first five seasons, and 377-250-11-72 in the 10 seasons since, in addition to posting a 21-21-7 record in the playoffs during that span.
TEAM QUICK HITS
• The Preds have posted six man-advantage goals in their last seven outings (six-for-23, 26 percent) and rank among the Top 10 teams in the League (sixth, 20.6 percent). Nashville’s road power play is ranked among the League’s Top 15 teams (12th, 18.5 percent) and its home power play ranks seventh (22.6 percent). The Preds are 18-5-2 when they score a power-play goal. Shea Weber leads the team with 18 points (9g-9a) on the man-advantage.
• Nashville is 17-2-5 when scoring first, and 16-1-1 when leading after the first period.
• With the addition of Michael Del Zotto (23), Nashville now has the youngest defensive corps in the Central Division (23.4 years) by more than two years – Dallas (29.4 years), Chicago (29.3 years), Colorado (28.8 years), St. Louis (28 years), Winnipeg (26 years) and Minnesota (25.8 years).
• Nashville is in the midst of a stretch of 17 games in a 31-day span (Jan. 2-Feb. 1). During this span, the Preds will play eight times at home and nine times on the road.
• The Preds have not allowed a shorthanded goal since March 21, 2013, when Calgary scored two shorthanded – a span of 72 games. Nashville is the only team in the League not to have allowed a shorthanded goal this season.
• Nashville ranks second the League in team face-off win percentage (53.2 percent). The Preds have been 50 percent or better in the faceoff circle in 41 of their 54 games.
STORYLINES VS. WINNIPEG
The Nashville Predators make their final trip to the Central Division’s northern-most city on Tuesday night; the two teams close out their season series on March 1 in Nashville. The Preds are 2-1-0 in the five-game series thus far, and have earned at least a point in 10 of 12 games against the team formerly known as the Thrashers since 2005-06, going 8-2-2 in that span. Overall, Nashville is 4-3-3 on the road against the Thrashers/Jets.
In Nashville’s last trip to Winnipeg on Nov. 8, the Jets scored four times in the opening period, and added another midway through the third in a 5-0 shutout victory.
Colin Wilson, who calls Winnipeg home during the offseason, has four points (2g-2a) in six career games against Atlanta/Winnipeg… Matt Cullen has 22 points (6g-16a) in 39 career games against the Thrashers/Jets… Viktor Stalberg has three points (2g-1a) in five career games against Atlanta/Winnipeg… Preds prospect and 2012-13 Canadian Hockey League scoring champion, Brendan Leipsic (fourth round, 2012) hails from Winnipeg… Nashville’s Assistant Coach Phil Housley was better than a point-per-game player for the previous incarnation of the Jets from 1990-93, when he posted 259 points (64g-195a) in 232 games. Housley still holds Jets’ records for most points (97, 1992-93) and assists (79, 1992-93) by a defenseman in a single season during Teemu Selanne’s recording-setting rookie goal scoring campaign (76).
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS VS. WINNIPEG
• Matt Cullen attempted his first career penalty shot against Atlanta on Nov. 4, 2001 (Milan Hnilicka).
• Mike Fisher scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 31, 1999 vs. Atlanta (Damian Rhodes).
• Carter Hutton recorded his first career win against the Jets on Oct. 20, 2013.
15TH ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
January 31, 2008 – Dumont’s point streak reaches 16 games
J-P Dumont picked up a pair of assists in a 4-2 victory over Columbus, extending his point streak to a franchise-record 16 games. At the time of the streak, it was the longest active scoring streak in the NHL. The alternate captain slid a touch pass to Alexander Radulov just 23 seconds into the first period to pick up his first assist of the night. His second assist came 11:22 later on the power play when he hit Jason Arnott in the slot to extend the lead to 2-0. Dumont ended the season with 43 assists and 72 points, tied for the third-highest total in franchise history.
The Montreal native’s streak earned him Second Star of the Month honors for January 2008, and a four-year contract, which was announced the following day.
“When I joined Nashville two years ago, my family and I fell in love with the city and the organization right away,” Dumont said at the time of his re-signing. “I never had a doubt that I made the right decision on the hockey side, and am looking forward to spending a lot of years here.”
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