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10th: Gretzky's only game in Nashville

Thursday, 02.14.2008 / 9:36 AM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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10th: Gretzky\'s only game in Nashville

February 15, 1999

“The Great One” played just a single game in the Music City, but needed just the one to show Nashville what made him the most prolific scorer in hockey history.

In his final NHL season as a member of the New York Rangers, Wayne Gretzky assisted on five of his team’s seven goals to set a record for the most points and helpers by a Preds opponent. While the assist record has been tied and the points record has been broken since then, the sell-out crowd was awestruck by No. 99’s display of skill and anticipatory passing. 

The NHL’s all-time leader in points, assists and goals set up Adam Graves at 5:10 to start the scoring, then Todd Harvey to round the first-period scoring out at 14:10. He pitched in two more helpers on goals by Graves and Kevin Stevens in the second, and finished off the contest with his 47th assist of the season on a Mathieu Schneider goal at 16:47 of the third. 

Though the home team would fall by a 7-4 margin, the game was about more than simply wins and losses. On this night, Nashville hockey fans were in the presence of greatness.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33