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Preds/Wild Match-Up To Watch

Friday, 04.10.2009 / 2:35 PM CT / Preview
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Preds\/Wild Match-Up To Watch
Jason Arnott vs. Marian Gaborik

Jason Arnott leads the Predators with 31 goals this season, while Marian Gaborik has returned from injury to post 11 goals and 18 points in just 15 games this season. Those are big numbers on any team, but considering the Nashville ranks 24th in the league with 2.51 goals per game and Minnesota 25th in the league with 2.50 goals per game, well, the production from Arnott and Gaborik is magnified all the more.

Arnott has been stellar since returning from injury. In his three games back the Preds captain has scored four goals and a shootout winner. Further, the Nashville offense has netted nine goals in those three games – this after producing single goal efforts in its two previous games. The captain scored both of the team’s second period goals on Saturday night to rally the team from two goals down and tie the score at 3-3; Nashville eventually won 5-4 in a shootout. On Tuesday against Chicago and again last night at Detroit, he added key third period goals to pull the Preds to within one goal of their opponent. On Tuesday Nashville was unable to complete the comeback, but last night the team netted the equalizer with one minute remaining in regulation – with Arnott in the middle of the scrum at the top of the goal crease as J.P. Dumont batted the bouncing puck in the net. Arnott then answered the call in the fourth round of the shootout snapping his attempt past Chris Osgood to complete come-from-behind win.

Gaborik has been similarly important to Minnesota’s playoff run. He posted a four point night on March 25 in a 6-2 come-from-behind win at the NY Islanders in his third game back after a three-month injury absence. And has followed that up with a five-game scoring streak entering tonight’s game, including the game-winning goal March 29 at Edmonton on and an assist on the game-winner April 7 against Dallas.

It is unlikely that Arnott and Gaborik will be head-to-head on the ice at the same time very often tonight, but the player who is able to create the most offensive chances will very likely influence his team’s ability to claim the win.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36