The Week Ah-Pred: Nov. 25
Monday, 11.25.2013 / 12:21 PM CT / Features
By Jimi Russell - Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators took two-of-three games last week, carrying momentum from the Chicago game to defeat Detroit and Toronto in solid fashion, before coming up short against the Rangers on Saturday.
The Preds traveled to the Motor City last Tuesday in a historic night for the franchise. Shea Weber became the highest scoring defenseman in franchise history (114g-188a-302pts), passing Kimmo Timonen, after posting a power-play goal in the second period. The Preds set another record, as rookie goaltender Marek Mazanec posted the first shutout of his career, and the first for the Preds this season. Mazanec, 22, became the seventh goalie, and the youngest in team history, to post a whitewash.
Nashville carried the two-game winning streak into Canadian’s largest city on Thursday night, as the Preds knocked off the Maple Leafs, 4-2. Matt Cullen posted four points (1g-3a), Craig Smith had three points (2g-1a), Colin Willson had two assists and Seth Jones tallied a power-play goal, as the Preds went America all over the Maple Leafs.
Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators – Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.
The Predators and Coyotes face off for the first of two meetings on Bridgestone Arena ice in 2013-14. Nashville holds a 15-10-3 advantage all-time in their home barn, but the Coyotes have won three of the last four meetings in the Music City.
The Preds opened their recent 17-day road trip at Jobing.com Arena on Halloween night, as Nashville jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period on goals from Matt Hendricks, Eric Nystrom and David Legwand. Phoenix responded with two goals of its own, before Paul Gaustad opened the gap again to begin the third period. Phoenix tallied twice in the third to tie the game and force overtime. After a scoreless extra frame, Mikael Boedker scored in the fifth round of the shootout to defeat the Preds.
Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets – Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.
Wednesday night marks the first time the Preds and Blue Jackets will face-off as inter-conference foes rather than intra-divisional foes. A season ago, the Predators posted a 1-3-1 record against the Blue Jackets, but are 50-17-7 against Columbus all-time, and 20-13-3 against the Jackets in Columbus.
David Legwand leads all Nashville skaters with 47 points (20g-27a) in 62 career games against the Jackets.
Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators – Thursday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.
Come work off Thanksgiving dinner with the Nashville Predators as they take on the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena. Thursday is Edmonton’s only trip to the Music City in 2013-14, while Nashville will travel to Edmonton twice – Jan. 26 and March 18, 2014. Nashville holds the 15-11-3 advantage on home ice, and have not lost to the Oilers at Bridgestone Arena since March 20, 2012. A season ago, Nashville held the 2-1 margin in the three-game series, which was played in an 18-day span, between the Preds and Oilers.
Philadelphia Flyers at Nashville Predators – Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
The Philadelphia Flyers travel to the Music City for the first time since they extended Shea Weber an offer sheet in the summer 2012. Nashville is 6-7-3 all-time against the Flyers, but they are 3-2-2 on home ice. These teams played twice during the 2011-12 season, as the home team won each contest. The Preds took down the Flyers 4-2 at Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 14, 2012, in a game made most famous by Ryan Ellis’ huge hit on Wayne Simmonds. After leading 2-1 after the first 40 minutes, Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher both tallied in the third en route to the victory. Nineteen days later, in Philadelphia, the Flyers returned the favor by defeating the Preds 4-1 at Wells Fargo Center.
Filip Forsberg is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Patric Hornqvist is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Pekka Rinne is on IR with a hip injury.
It’s an around-the-world Prospect of the Week this week:
Felix Girard (fourth round, 2013) leads the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in face-off efficiency (65.4 percent) and is third in face-offs won (353). Girard helped Team QMJHL beat Russia by scores of 3-2 and 4-3 in the opening games of the 2013 Subway Super Series on Nov. 18 and 20. Girard and his Baie-Comeau Drakkar ranked seventh in last week's CHL/BMO Top 10.
Brendan Leipsic (third round, 2012) is riding a seven-game point streak (7g-6a-15pts) which includes three straight multi-point performances. The Winnipeg, Man., native is tied for 17th points in the Western Hockey League, but is seventh in points per game (1.48). Among his peers, he ranks eighth in goals, and third in goals per game (.81). The Winterhawks ranked fifth in the latest BMO/CHL Top 10
Leipsic will don the Team WHL jersey on Wednesday and Thursday as the WHL takes on the Russians in the 2013 Subway Super Series.
Garrett Noonan (fourth round, 2011) notched a goal and two assists in Boston University’s weekend series against North Dakota. Noonan is tied for eighth among NCAA defensemen in points, tied for the BU team lead in points, tied for sixth in Hockey East power-play points (2g-4a-6pts) and tied for eighth in Hockey East assists.
Jimmy Vesey (third round, 2012) has been a point-per-game players for Harvard University this season (6g-2a-8pts, 8gp), including a four-game goal streak (5g-1a-6pts). The Boston, Mass., native is tied for 10th in the nation in goals per game (.67), and ranks seventh in ECAC power-play goals (3).
Jusse Saros (fourth round, 2013) is 4-8-3 this season, but has posted a 1.80 goals-against average and .926 save percentage and four shutouts. Those totals rank the Finnish netminder third in SM-Liiga goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.
|DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Goalie Marek Mazanec #39 of the Nashville Predators looks for the puck as teammate Paul Gaustad #28 ties up Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings in front of the net during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on November 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)|