PREDATORS (29-30-10) AT CANUCKS (31-30-10)
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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 31 points (9g-22a) in 38 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-28a-44pts).
• 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 (26:48).
• Weber leads his team and is tied for 11th in the NHL in blocked shots (144). He is also leads the team in hits (138), 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 (265), first in power-play goals (45), first in game-winning goals (16) and eighth in hits (995).
PLAYER QUICK HITS
• Patric Hornqvist has nine points (3g-6a) in his last 15 games to move into fourth in team scoring (13g-22a-35pts). His 201 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.
• Roman Josi has 15 points (5g-10a) in his last 21 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.
• Mike Fisher has nine points (4g-5a) in his last 15 outings. The Peterborough, Ont., native leads all Preds forwards in ice time (19:31) – nearly three minutes higher than the next closest forward (Hornqvist, 16:35). Fisher also leads team forwards in blocked shots (62) and ranks second hits (120).
• Craig Smith has compiled 10 points (4g-6a) in his last 16 outings. He 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 shots (180).
• Nick Spaling has posted five points (3g-2a) in his last eight games, and 11 points (6g-5a) in his last 15 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 (69) and fifth in average time on ice (20:16) among first-year defensemen. Jones also ranks among the League’s Top 10 rookie skaters in blocked shots (90), 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 tied his career points high set during his rookie season in 2011-12 (7g-12a-19pts) with a goal at Edmonton on Tuesday.
• 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 two 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 seven games from 600 career NHL games. He is also 10 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, Edmonton 5 at Rexall Place
• Gabriel Bourque snapped a 29-game goal drought with his second-period goal. He has two points (1g-1a) in his last four games.
• Patric Hornqvist, who picked up an assist on Bourque’s goal, led all skaters with five shots on goal.
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 (1,183 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 383-257-11-74 in the 10 seasons since, in addition to posting a 21-21-7 record in the playoffs during that span.
TEAM QUICK HITS
• Nashville is 7-6-3 against the Pacific Division.
• The Preds have outscored the opposition 7-4 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 (208).
• 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 86 games. Nashville is the only team in the League not to have allowed a shorthanded goal this season.
• Nashville is tied for the League lead in team face-off win percentage (53 percent). The Preds have been 50 percent or better in the face-off circle in 53 of their 69 games.
STORYLINES VS. VANCOUVER
The Nashville Predators close out back-to-back games, and their season series with the Vancouver Canucks, on Wednesday night in British Columbia. Nashville has posted a 21-30-(3)-4 record against the Canucks all-time, including a 10-17-(1)-0 mark at Rogers Arena.
In their last meeting at Rogers Arena on Jan. 23, Vancouver led 1-0 after 40 minutes of play on a goal from Chris Higgins, but the Preds would respond with a goal from Craig Smith to tie the game and power-play game-winning goal from Nick Spaling. The game winner completed a two-point (1g-1a) night for Spaling.
Mike Fisher has seven points (5g-2a) in his last seven games against Vancouver. In 23 career games against the Canucks, he has 11 goals and 15 points… The Preds have three B.C. natives on their roster – Victor Bartley (Maple Ridge), Colton Sissons (North Vancouver) and Shea Weber (Sicamous). Sissons is playing his first career NHL game in his hometown.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS vs. VANCOUVER
• Matt Cullen fired a career-high nine shots on goal on Nov. 3, 2011 against the Canucks.
• Mike Fisher scored his first goal as a Predator on Feb. 17, 2011 against the Canucks (Luongo).
• Craig Smith posted a career-high three assists on Dec. 1, 2011 at Vancouver.
15th ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
March 18, 2006: Preds beat Calgary 9-4 at Bridgestone Arena
With this crucial, late-season intra-conference matchup tied 4-4 midway through the game, the Nashville Predators poured it on, scoring five unanswered goals to tie a franchise record with a 9-4 victory. The only other time a Nashville team had scored nine goals in a single outing was March 4, 2004 at Pittsburgh.
"We've talked about expecting the unexpected a little bit," Head Coach Barry Trotz said. "We've always had a 2-1, 3-2 sort of game with Calgary. Obviously that's not really what happened tonight. It was sort of whoever would get the last power play would win the game, it seemed like."
Mike Sillinger led the offensive assault, tallying four assists – two of which came on the power play – which finished the evening three-for-nine. Three other Preds notched three-point games, led by Paul Kariya’s two goals and an assist.
It was a typical wild affair between the two squads, featuring countless scrums and a pair of bouts. The turning point ultimately came due to bad blood, when Calgary’s Chris Simon was sent off for five minutes with an intent to injure penalty after cross-checking Darcy Hordichuk in the face at 14:12 of the second. The Predators tallied a pair of power-play goals with Simon in the box, starting the rally.
"He recognized that Simon wanted to get something involved with him," Trotz said of Hordichuk. "Obviously Simon did it and he got called on it. That was a real big turning point. After that, I thought we stayed to the game plan and we accomplished what we wanted to do."
The nine-goal outburst gave the Predators a clean sweep in four games against Calgary during the 2005-06 season, and was eighth of a 10-game stretch where the Preds went 8-0-2 en route to their best finish in franchise history.
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