PREDATORS (29-29-10) AT OILERS (24-36-9)
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STORYLINES VS. EDMONTON
The Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers close out their three-game season series on Tuesday night at Rexall Place. Nashville is 15-10-(1)-2 in 28 all-time trips to Edmonton, and has won four of its last eight appearances there dating back to Dec. 17, 2009 (4-3-1).
In their last trip to Rexall Place on Jan. 26, Edmonton posted a pair of goals in the first, a pair in the second and a single goal in the third to defeat the Preds 5-1. Nick Spaling and Craig Smith both recorded assists for Nashville.
Shea Weber has seven points (2g-5a) in his last eight outings against the Oilers. Weber’s points per game against Edmonton for his career (9g-12a-21pts, 28 gp) is second only to his output against Columbus for the highest against a single team… Patric Hornqvist has posted 11 points (7g-4a) in 16 career games vs. Edmonton… Mike Fisher has posted 11 points (2g-9a) in 22 games against the Oil… Craig Smith has four points (4a) in eight career games against the Oilers.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS VS. EDMONTON
• Victor Bartley made his NHL debut against the Oilers on March 8, 2013.
• Rich Clune made his NHL debut against Edmonton on Feb. 11, 2010 (with Los Angeles).
• Colin Wilson made his NHL debut against Edmonton on October 12, 2009.
• Shea Weber posted a career-high three assists on March 8, 2013 against Edmonton.
NORRIS CALIBER CAPTAIN
Shea Weber has been one of the League’s top point-producing defensemen since Dec. 12, 2013, posting 30 points (9g-20a) in 37 games during that span.
• Nashville’s captain has surpassed the 40-point mark for the fifth consecutive full season, and he ranks among the League’s Top 10 defensemen in scoring (16g-27a-43pts).
• He is one of four defensemen (Erik Karlsson, OTT; P.K. Subban, MTL; and Keith Yandle, PHX) 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 League’s Top 15 skaters.
• His team-leading 23 power-play points (9g-14a) are good for third among League defensemen and rank among the Top 10 skaters in the League.
• Eight of Weber’s 16 goals have come in the first period. The Preds are 12-1-2 when their captain finds the back of the net.
• The Sicamous, B.C, native ranks fourth in the League in average ice time (26:50).
• Weber leads his team and is tied for 11th in the NHL in blocked shots (143). He is also leads the team in hits (137), 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 (99), second in points (264), first in power-play goals (45), first in game-winning goals (16) and eighth in hits (994).
PLAYER QUICK HITS
• Roman Josi has 15 points (5g-10a) in his last 20 outings after registering a career-high three assists on March 14 in Chicago. He ranks second on the team and fifth among all League skaters in average ice time (26:20). The Bern, Switzerland native is one of just three blueliners in the NHL this season (Ellis and Kevin Shattenkirk), and one of three in franchise history, to record multiple shootout tallies.
• Patric Hornqvist has eight points (3g-5a) in his last 14 games to move into fourth in team scoring (13g-21a-34pts). His 196 shots lead the team and rank among the League’s Top 30 skaters. Six of Hornqvist’s 13 goals this season have come in the second period.
• Mike Fisher has nine points (4g-5a) in his last 14 outings. The Peterborough, Ont., native leads all Preds forwards in ice time (19:32) – nearly three minutes higher than the next closest forward (Hornqvist, 16:36). Fisher also leads team forwards in blocked shots (62) and ranks second hits (119).
• Craig Smith has compiled 10 points (4g-6a) in his last 15 outings, and recently became the eighth Preds draftee to post at least 20 goals and 20 assists in a season in franchise history. Smith ranks second in team scoring after hitting the 40-point plateau (20g-20a) for the first time in his career. The Madison, Wis., native ranks first in goals, and second in both team scoring and shots (179).
• Nick Spaling has posted five points (3g-2a) in his last seven games, and 11 points (6g-5a) in his last 14 outings. The Preds are 10-2-1 when Spaling scores a goal this season, as well as 31-6-2 when he scores a goal and 42-14-5 when he records a point all-time.
• Seth Jones is sixth in points (6g-17a-23pts), first in games played (68) and fourth in average time on ice (20:18) among first-year defensemen. Jones also ranks among the League’s Top 10 rookie skaters in blocked shots (89), game-winning goals (2), power-play points (8) and power-play goals (2).
• Pekka Rinne has been among the League’s elite since becoming a full-time starter in 2008-09. Prior to missing 51 games this season, he ranked first in shutouts and among the League’s Top 10 in wins, save percentage and goals-against average.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
• Gabriel Bourque is two points shy of surpassing his career points high (7g-12a-19pts) set during his rookie season in 2011-12.
• Michael Del Zotto is two assists from 100 career helpers.
• Patric Hornqvist is three goals shy of becoming the fourth Preds draftee to hit the 100-goal plateau. He is also three points shy of 200 career points.
• Eric Nystrom is three goals from tying his career high (16) and four points shy of establishing a career points high (currently 21 points (16g-5a) set during the 2011-12 season).
• Shea Weber is eight games from 600 career NHL games. He is also 11 points shy of setting a career points high (currently 53 points (23g-30a) set during the 2008-09 season).
• Colin Wilson is one assist from setting a career high (21) and nine points shy of setting a career points high (currently 35 points (15g-20a) set during the 2011-12 season).
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 1, St. Louis 4 at Bridgestone Arena
• It was the first time that Nashville conceded four goals since Feb. 8 vs. Anaheim.
• Eric Nystrom tallied Nashville’s lone goal. He has two goals in his last four outings.
• Seventeen of Nashville’s 18 skaters directed a shot (includes attempts blocked and misses) as it outshot St. Louis 31-26. Nine players had multiple shots on goal, led by Craig Smith (five).
• Viktor Stalberg played in his 300th NHL game.
TROTZ CLIMBS ALL-TIME LISTS
Barry Trotz, the only head coach the Nashville Predators have ever known, ranks 14th on the all-time coaching wins list (548), and is one win shy of tying Marc Crawford for 13th all-time (549). The Dauphin, Manitoba, native is the longest tenured head coach in the NHL (1,182 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 383-256-11-74 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 have outscored the opposition 6-2 in the past four second periods.
• Nashville ranks among the League’s Top 10 in average penalty minutes (ninth, 10.3). The Preds have also been shorthanded the third-fewest times in the League (204).
• Nashville has the youngest defensive corps in the League (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 shorthanded goal since March 21, 2013, when Calgary scored two shorthanded – a span of 85 games. Nashville is the only team in the League not to have allowed a shorthanded goal this season.
• Nashville ranks second in team face-off win percentage (52.9 percent). The Preds have been 50 percent or better in the face-off circle in 52 of their 68 games.
15th ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
March 17, 2011 – St. Patrick’s Day thriller kick-starts march to the playoffs
Shea Weber scored at 3:37 of overtime as Nashville came from behind to defeat Boston, 4-3, in a St. Patrick’s Day thriller. The goal came on the power play after the Bruins’ Steven Kampfer was penalized for holding Mike Fisher 2:59 into overtime. The play started when Weber hit David Legwand at the top of the left circle who then slid a cross-ice pass to Ryan Suter at the top of the right circle. Suter hit Weber at the top of the offensive zone and the captain fired one of his signature slap shots over the glove of Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask.
The overtime victory started a 9-2-1 stretch over the team's final 12 regular season games to finish fifth in the Western Conference. The victory was the Predators’ first overtime win of the year and could not have come at a more opportune time. The crucial two points kept Nashville in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.
"Overtime has not been kind to the Nashville Predators, so that was huge for us," Nashville Coach Barry Trotz said. "It was a huge two points. You talk about a character win."
Weber’s game-winning goal was the 80th tally of his career, which made him the franchise’s all-time leading goal scorer among defensemen.
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