PREDATORS (29-31-10) AT FLAMES (28-34-7)
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CALLE-ING HIM UP
Rookie forward Calle Jarnkrok is set to make his NHL debut on Friday night in Calgary following his first career NHL recall on Thursday. Jarnkrok has posted seven points (5g-2a) in five games with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) since being acquired on Deadline Day on March 5. The Galve, Sweden native leads the Admirals with 43 points (18g-25a) in 62 games during his first North American season. He was recently rated No. 41 in The Hockey News’ Top 50 NHL-affiliated prospects.
The 6-0, 176-pound forward won a Swedish League title in 2012 with Brynas, playing alongside Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm. He ranked ninth in Swedish League points in 2012-13 (13g-29a-42pts), and led all junior players in goals (11) and points (29) during the title-winning season of 2011-12, but finished runner-up in Rookie of the Year voting to Ekholm. He was Detroit’s second selection, 51st overall (second round), in the 2010 Entry Draft.
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 39 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 (26:47).
• Weber leads his team and ranks 12th in the NHL in blocked shots (144). He is also tied for the team lead in hits (139), 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 (996).
PLAYER QUICK HITS
• Roman Josi has 15 points (5g-10a) in his last 22 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 nine points (3g-6a) in his last 16 games to move into fourth in team scoring (13g-22a-35pts). His 207 shots lead the team and rank among the League’s Top 25 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 16 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 (63) and ranks second hits (122).
• Craig Smith has compiled 10 points (4g-6a) in his last 17 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 nine games, and 11 points (6g-5a) in his last 16 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 seventh in points (6g-17a-23pts), first in games played (70) and fifth in average time on ice (20:14) among first-year defensemen. Jones also ranks among the League’s Top 10 rookie skaters in blocked shots (90), game-winning goals (2) and power-play points (8).
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 five 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 0, Vancouver 2 at Rogers Arena
• Craig Smith led all forwards with a career-high 22:08 of ice time. It was just the fourth time the Madison, Wis., native has surpassed the 20-minute mark in his career.
• Nashville was shorthanded just one time and recorded a season low with two penalty minutes. It ranks among the League’s Top 10 in average penalty minutes (ninth, 10.2). The Preds have also been shorthanded the fifth-fewest times in the League (209).
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 (1,184 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 383-258-11-74 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 7-7-3 against the Pacific Division.
• The Preds have outscored the opposition 7-4 in the past five second periods.
• 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 87 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 54 of their 70 games.
STORYLINES VS. CALGARY
The Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames close out their 2013-14 season series tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Nashville is 1-0-1 in two games this season, and has garnered points in four straight games against Calgary, but it has not won on Saddledome ice since Oct. 22, 2011 – a 2-0 win. The Preds are 10-11-(3)-4 in Calgary all-time.
These teams last met in Cowtown on Jan. 24 as Eric Nystrom, an original Flames draftee, stole the show with his first career hat trick and the franchise’s first-ever four-goal outing. Nystrom scored once in the first period, twice in the second and again in the third to post all four Preds goals, but the Flames would use a three-goal third period to tie the score after regulation. After a scoreless extra frame, the Flames would secure the shootout win on Sean Monahan’s game-deciding goal.
In 45 career games against the Flames, Matt Cullen has 23 points (2g-21a)… Craig Smith posted a career-high seven shots against the Flames on Dec. 13, 2011… Shea Weber has posted 15 points (5g-10a) in 28 games against Calgary… Eric Nystrom was drafted by the Flames with the 10th overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Nystrom posted 39 points (19g-20a) in 204 games with Calgary from 2005-06 to 2009-10.
15th ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
March 21, 2010 – Rinne’s domination garners League honors
Pekka Rinne was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week after piecing together a handful of dominating performances during a six-game winning streak, turning aside 164-of-171 shots, posting a .959 save percentage and a 1.14 goals-against average. He finished the week off by defeating the St. Louis Blues, 3-2.
Rinne’s performance against the Blues added to his already stellar week in which he tallied a perfect 4-0-0 record. He was impenetrable during a 149:04 shutout streak through the heart of the week and did not allow an even-strength goal for 180:09.
After signing a two-year contract during the Olympic Break, Rinne posted a 12-4-1 record with a 1.96 goal-against average, a .931 save percentage and four shutouts to lead the Predators to the postseason. That included an impressive five one-goal games, including two 1-0 goaltender duals.
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