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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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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 - 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