Preds Close Out October on Halloween Night
Six of the Predators last eight goals scored – dating back to the third period at Ottawa on Oct. 22 – have been scored by special teams. Nashville has four power-play goals in the last four games, going 4-for-18 (22 percent), in addition shorthanded tallies in the past two contests. Only one of Nashville’s first 15 goals of 2009-10 – the first goal of the season – was a special-teams goal (power play)… The Predators are tops in the League in fewest penalty minutes per game (8.9). Nashville is the only team in the league with less than two major penalties (1)… Nashville is 4-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game…Pekka Rinne
has picked up the win in his last three appearances, and has not allowed a goal in 99:09, stopping 34 consecutive shots… J.P. Dumont has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a), and has seven points (2g-5a) in the last four games. He is in sole possession of the team lead in points (3g-6a), despite playing only eight games… Jerred Smithson
is one of just four players in the NHL – along with Florida’s Radek Dvorak, Columbus’s Rick Nash and Ottawa’s Milan Michalek – with multiple shorthanded goals… Shea Weber
, ranked first on the team in goals, and second in points (4g-4a), is tied for second in the League in goals by a defenseman… Joel Ward
has three points in his last four games (1g-2a), including points in back-to-back contests (1g-1a)… Francis Bouillon
is tied for third among NHL blueliners in hits (35), and tied for 11th among all skaters.
TROTZ MOVING UP WINS LIST
Nashville Head Coach Barry Trotz won his 369th game – all with Nashville – on Thursday night vs. Chicago, moving him to within one victory of Punch Imlach (Toronto, 1958-69 and 1979-80) for seventh on the all-time wins with one team list. Trotz has spent 832 games behind the Predators bench, leaving him just 10 away from tying Glen Sather’s tenure with the Edmonton Oilers (1979-94) for seventh in games coached with a single team.
TONIGHT’S STORYLINES VS. DALLAS
The Predators close out the first month of the 2009-10 regular season with the same opponent they started it with – the Dallas Stars. Nashville played its first two road games of the season in Texas, first defeating the Stars in a shootout on opening night (3-2), then dropping a 6-0 decision at American Airlines Center on Oct. 14. Jason Arnott posted a pair of points (1g-1a) in the victory, while rookie Mike Santorelli ended the second-longest shootout in franchise history with his first career attempt in the fifth round. David Legwand
also solved Marty Turco in the penalty-shot competition, while Dan Ellis stopped four-of-five shooters after turning aside a season-high 38 shots in regulation.
The home team won all four contests in last season’s Preds-Stars series, and Nashville holds an 11-8-1 advantage all-time against Dallas at the Sommet Center. Last season on home ice, Ellis stopped a combined 46-of-47 shots, defeating his former team 3-1 in the home opener on Oct. 11, before shutting them out with a 3-0 win on Dec. 13.
Since the start of the 2007-08 season, both Arnott (4g-6a) and J.P. Dumont (4g-6a) have 10 points in 10 games against Dallas. Arnott had 184 points (79g-105a) in 236 games over parts of three seasons with Dallas from 2002-06… Ellis has faced the team that drafted him 60th overall in the 2000 Entry Draft nine times since joining the Predators for the 2007-08 season, recording five wins and a pair of shutouts.
Career highs/highlights attained against the Stars
– First NHL game on Oct. 5, 2001.
– Only career penalty shot on Oct. 26, 2005 against Turco (no goal).
– First NHL goal on Oct. 15, 2008 against Turco.
– Second career hat trick on Oct. 6, 2007.
– Notched his fifth career hat trick –and second as a Predator – on Nov. 10, 2005.