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10th: Preds top Caps for back-to-back wins over the '98 Cup finalists

Tuesday, 12.25.2007 / 1:41 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
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10th: Preds top Caps for back-to-back wins over the \'98 Cup finalists
December 26, 1998

A 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Dec. 26, 1998 signaled more than just the Nashville Predators’ first three-game winning streak.  That victory, coupled with a 5-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup-champion Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 23, meant that the expansion Predators had beaten both teams that had played in the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals three days apart.

"This team just totally amazes me," head coach Barry Trotz said. "We beat Detroit, then a couple of guys go down and we beat Washington. We keep putting parts in there and they're doing their jobs.”

The wins combined for an all-around 120-minute effort by Nashville.  Nashville’s goals came off the sticks of six different players, the Preds held the opposition’s power play scoreless on six attempts and chased both starting goaltenders – Detroit’s Chris Osgood and Washington’s Olaf Kolzig – from the games.
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61