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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 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