PREDATORS (26-28-10) AT SENATORS (28-25-11)
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NORRIS CALIBER CAPTAIN
Shea Weber has been one of the League’s top point-producing defensemen since Dec. 12, 2013, posting 27 points (8g-19a) in 33 games during that span.
• Weber has hit the 40-point mark for the fifth consecutive full season, and he ranks among the League’s Top 10 defensemen in scoring (15g-25a-40pts).
• He is one of three defensemen (Erik Karlsson (OTT) and P.K. Subban (MTL)) to lead their team in scoring.
• Weber ranks second among League defensemen in goals, while his nine power-play goals pace all blueliners and rank among the Top 10 skaters.
• His team-leading 21 power-play points (9g-12a) are good for fourth among League defensemen and rank among the Top 15 skaters in the League.
• Eight of Weber’s 15 goals have come in the first period. The Preds are 11-1-2 when their captain finds the back of the net.
• Weber ranks fourth in the League in average ice time (26:51) and has played past the half-hour mark seven times.
• Weber leads his team and ranks ninth in the NHL in blocked shots (136). He also ranks second on the team in hits (125), making him the only player in the NHL this season with more than 100 hits, 100 blocked shots and 10 goals.
• Since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, Weber ranks first among NHL defensemen in goals (98), second in points (261), first in power-play goals (45), first in game-winning goals (15) and eighth in hits (982).
Fisher recently tied his season-long point streak (1g-4a, 5gp) before having it snapped on Saturday against Columbus, and was one assist shy of tying his career-long five-game streak (two times, last (5a) Jan.1-12, 2008). The Peterborough, Ont., native leads all Preds forwards in ice time (19:20) – nearly three minutes higher than the next closest forward (Hornqvist, 16:37). Fisher also leads team forwards in blocked shots (56) and ranks second hits (107).
Hornqvist has seven points (2g-5a) in his last 10 games to move into fourth in team scoring (12g-21a-33pts). His 186 shots lead the team and rank among the League’s Top 30 skaters. Six of Hornqvist’s 12 goals this season have come in the second period. The Sollentuna, Sweden native recent notched his 100th career assist, making him the seventh Preds draft pick to attain the feat.
Spaling has eight points (4g-4a) in his last 10 outings, and recently surpassed his career high in points (11g-13a-24pts). The Preds are 8-2-1 when he scores a goal this season, as well as 29-6-2 when he scores a goal and 41-14-5 when he records a point all-time.
PLAYER QUICK HITS
• Roman Josi has 11 points (5g-6a) in his last 16 outings. He ranks second on the team and fifth among all skaters in TOI (26:20). Josi is one of just three blueliners in the NHL this season (Ryan Ellis and Kevin Shattenkirk), and one of three in franchise history, to record multiple shootout tallies.
• Pekka Rinne has been among the NHL’s elite since becoming a full-time starter in 2008-09, ranking first in shutouts and among the Top 10 in wins, SV% and GAA prior to his injury.
• Craig Smith has compiled seven points (2g-5a) in his last 11 outings. Smith ranks first in goals, and second in both team scoring and shots (160).
• Seth Jones is sixth in points (5g-16a-21pts), first in games played (64) and third in TOI (20:34) among first-year defensemen. Jones also ranks among the Top 10 rookie skaters in blocked shots (88), power-play points (8) and power-play goals (2).
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
• Michael Del Zotto is three assists from 100 career helpers.
• Ryan Ellis is one goal from establishing a career high in goals.
• Patric Hornqvist is four goals shy of becoming the fourth Preds draftee to hit the 100-goal plateau and one goal shy of the sixth-most power-play goals in franchise history (35). He is also four points shy of 200 career points.
• Eric Nystrom is one point from 100 career points and five points shy of establishing a career high.
• Viktor Stalberg is four games from 300 career games.
TROTZ CLIMBS ALL-TIME LISTS
Barry Trotz, the only head coach the Preds have ever known, ranks 14th on the all-time coaching wins list (545), and is four wins shy of tying Marc Crawford for 13th all-time (549). The Dauphin, Manitoba, native is the longest tenured head coach in the NHL (1,178 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 380-255-11-74 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 are 11-12-5 against the Eastern Conference this season, but hold a 6-3-4 mark against the Atlantic Division.
• Nashville is 20-6-2 when it scores a PPG, and 8-0-1 when it scores multiple PPGs. Nashville’s PP ranks 11th (20 percent), while its road PP ranks 13th (18.4 percent).
• Nashville ranks among the NHL’s Top 10 in average PIMs (seventh, 10.3). The Preds have also been shorthanded the seventh-fewest times in the NHL (197).
• Nashville has the youngest defensive corps in the NHL (24.02 years). Only two other teams in the NHL have an average defensive age under 26 (including players on IR): Ottawa (25.32 years) and Washington (25.35 years).
• The Preds have not allowed a SHG since March 21, 2013, when Calgary scored two shorthanded – a span of 82 games. Nashville is the only team not to have allowed a SHG this season.
• Nashville is first in the NHL in team face-off win percentage (53.3 percent). The Preds have been 50 percent or better in the face-off circle in 50 of their 64 games.
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 0, Columbus 1 at Bridgestone Arena
• It was only Nashville’s third regulation loss (9-3-4) when tied after two periods.
• Pekka Rinne stopped 35-of-36 shots in the loss – a personal season high for saves.
• Nashville won the face-off battle by a narrow margin (51-49). It was led by Paul Gaustad, who won 61 percent of his draws. He has been at 50 percent or better in 52 in 64 games this season.
STORYLINES VS. OTTAWA
The Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators close out their season series on Monday night in Ottawa. In their eight previous trips to Canadian Tire Centre, the Preds have posted a 3-5-0 record, and are 6-10-0 in 16 all-time games against the Senators.
These teams last met on Jan. 11 in the Music City as a shootout was needed to determine a winner. After a scoreless opening period, Kyle Turris put the Sens in front early in the second, before Mike Fisher tied the game with three minutes remaining in the frame. The score would remain knotted at one through the final period and the five-minute overtime. In the post-overtime tiebreaker, the Sens would score twice with Jason Spezza picking up the game-deciding goal.
The Preds last appearance in Canada’s Capital came on Feb. 9, 2012, as the teams traded goals through all three periods. Gabriel Bourque and Patric Hornqvist both scored for Nashville, but it was Chris Phillips’ two-goal performance that proved to be the difference in a 4-3 Ottawa victory.
Paul Gaustad has faced the Sens more than any other Pred, posting 12 points (5g-7a) in 42 games… Shea Weber has four points (2g-2a) in seven career games against Ottawa… This is Fisher’s third game against Ottawa since the Predators acquired him from the Senators on Feb. 10, 2011. He was selected in the second round, 44th overall, by the Senators in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and during 10-plus seasons in Ottawa, he posted 167 goals and 181 assists in 675 career games. The Peterborough, Ont., native helped lead the Sens to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals, and in 75 playoff games in a Senators sweater, he posted 28 points (14g-14a)... Patrick Eaves was draft by Ottawa in the first round, 29th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft. He posted 71 points (38g-33a) in 157 career games for the Senators, including a 20-goal rookie campaign in 2005-06.
15TH ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
January 16 – April 6, 2003: Vokoun starts 38 consecutive games to end 2002-03
Though is recent years Pekka Rinne has begun overtaking or challenging many of his records, former Preds goaltender Tomas Vokoun still holds the most impressive ironman streak in franchise history. It largely goes unnoticed, but Vokoun started the final 38 games of the 2002-03 season; no other goalie has taken to the net in more than 25 straight for the club.
The stretch had its fair share of ups and downs, as the Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic native backstopped a pair of four-game winning streaks and a 4-1-1 stretch in late January, but also saw the Predators go winless for the final 15 games of the year. It also saw him blank back-to-back opponents for just the second time in team history – a 5-0 rout of Columbus on Feb. 25, and a 6-0 beating of Pittsburgh two days later.
2002-03 was quite the transition for Vokoun – he started the year as Mike Dunham’s backup yet started 69 of 82 games on the season, finishing with a stellar 2.20 GAA and .918 save percentage. The coming-of-age season prepared Vokoun for what was to come in 2003-04, a season when he led Nashville to a franchise record in victories and the first playoff berth in franchise history.
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