Preds Wrap Up West Coast Trip
Nashville is in search of its second consecutive victory at San Jose tonight, the third of four meetings between the Predators and Sharks in 2008-09 and first of two in a span of one week. Last time the Predators were in San Jose back on Nov. 11, Dan Ellis made 54 saves and Ville Koistinen scored the game-winner 2:28 into the overtime session in the first game of a three-game sweep of the California teams from Nov. 11-15. The Predators are 4-0-1 in the state of California this season, sweeping a three-game swing through the state from Nov. 11-15 and opening 1-0-1 in the first two games of their current three-game trip through the state. Three of Nashville first five games in the state of California have gone into overtime (Nov. 11 at San Jose, Nov. 14 at Anaheim, Mar. 18 at Anaheim).
(1g-1a), Ryan Suter
(1g-1a), and Radek Bonk (2a) lead all Predators in points vs. San Jose this season... Dan Ellis started both games vs. the Sharks this season, stopping 82-of-89 shots (.921 save percentage)... Jason Arnott leads the Predators with 25 goals and 49 points in 48 career games against the Sharks... Steve Sullivan
, who missed the first two meetings this season, has nine goals and 25 points in 30 career games against San Jose, the second highest totals on the team.
SUTER EXTENDS POINT STREAK TO EIGHT GAMES
With three assists last night, defenseman Ryan Suter
extended his point streak to eight games (2g-8a) dating back to March 3 vs. Edmonton, the longest point streak by a Predator this season one better than J.P. Dumont's seven-gamer from Oct. 17-Nov. 4. Suter continued to extend career highs in both assists (36) and points (42) with the streak, and ranks among the top 20 defensemen in the league in both categories. Since Feb. 10, he has 16 points (2g-14a) in 18 games.
RALLYING TO GET POINTS
The Predators picked up their 17th point of the season when allowing the first goal with last night's overtime loss at Anaheim. The Predators have allowed the first goal of the game in each of the last two games, yet have posted a 1-0-1 record with a 4-3 win on Monday at Los Angeles and a 4-3 overtime loss last night at Anaheim. Prior to the past two games, the Predators had been 6-24-2 when allowing the first goal.
EARNING POINTS LATE
Last night Joel Ward
netted the overtime-forcing goal at the 17:15 mark of the third period, tying the game 3-3 to allow the Predators to earn a point at Anaheim. Ryan Jones scored the game-winning goal at 17:42 of the third period on Monday night at Los Angeles, the latest in regulation the Preds have scored a game winner this season.
TEAM QUICK HITS
- Nashville is 4-5-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs this season, and 4-4-1 on the back end – it played at Anaheim last night.
- At 35-30-6, Nashville has five more wins than regulation losses for the second time this season. It has not extended that to six yet this season.
- Nashville has a 11-4-1 record against the Pacific Division this season, the best mark against any of the six divisions. The Predators are 27-22-4 against the Western Conference, and are 14-4-2 against teams from the West since the All-Star break.
- The Preds two-goal second period on Monday night at Los Angeles was just the second time in the last 17 games they have scored more than one goal in the middle frame. Nashville is outscoring its foes 13-5 in the first period in the last 11 games.
- The Predators are tied for the league lead in shutouts (10) with Columbus.
- Despite allowing three power-play goals last night at Anaheim, Nashville’s penalty kill has successfully extinguished 36-of-41 (87.8%) opportunities against in the last 13 games to improve to 84.0% on the season, third best in the NHL.
- The Predators claimed their 17th victory in a one-goal game on Monday, and all but six of their wins have been by two goals or less.
- The Predators defensive unit has 39 goals this season, tied for the third-highest mark in franchise history with the 2001-02 campaign. The two highest totals came in 2006-07 (52) and 2003-04 (43).
- The Predators are 26-6-2 this season when scoring more than two goals.
PLAYER QUICK HITS
- Shea Weber
scored his 19th goal of the season on Monday, setting a franchise record for most goals by a defenseman. Weber has points (5g-5a) in all but two of his last 10 games, and is tied for second among NHL blueliners in goals. He is the only defenseman in the league with at least 160 hits and 40 points, ranking among the top 15 among d-men in both categories.
- Joel Ward
recorded his third multi-goal game of the season with a pair of goals last night at Anaheim, his first career multi-goal game on the road. Ward, who had a goal and an assist on Monday night at Los Angeles, has posted back-to-back multi-point games, his seventh and eighth multi-point outings of the season. Nashville is 8-2-1 this season when Ward scores.
- J.P. Dumont has points in four consecutive games (3g-3a), including back-to-back multi-point performances. Dumont has 18 points (4g-14a) in the last 14 games, highlighted by six multi-point outings. His first assist on Monday at Los Angeles moved him over the 40-helper mark for the third consecutive season, and his 42 assists are just one shy of last season’s total and three away from a career-high 45 attained in 2006-07.
- Since the All-Star break, Dan Hamhuis has 10 assists, doubling his output from the first 46 games of the season. He had a season-high six shots on net to go with an assist on Ryan Jones’ game winner on Monday at Los Angeles.
- David Legwand
has six goals in the last 11 games. Legwand recorded 23:01 of ice time last night, his fifth consecutive game logging over 23:00 of ice time (24:35 average). He has logged over 20:00 of ice time in 17 of the last 18 games.
- Martin Erat
has eight points (2g-6a) in his last nine games played dating back to Feb. 24 (missed two in that span due to injury).
- Steve Sullivan
has notched 15 points (8g-7a) in his last 14 games after registering just five assists in his first 16 games of the season.
- Pekka Rinne
has gone 13-3-2 since Feb. 1, and has the second-most victories of any NHL goaltender in that span. Rinne ranks second in the league in shutouts (7), third in goals-against average (2.28), and fifth in save percentage (.921).