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Preds Open 5-Game Homestand

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Kevin Wilson - Nashville Predators

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Preds Open 5-Game Homestand
Montréal Canadiens vs. Nashville Predators
TONIGHT’S STORYLINES VS. MONTREAL
Montreal visits Nashville for the first time since Feb. 22, 2007 tonight, the 13th all-time meeting between the Canadiens and Predators. The last four games the clubs have played against one another have been decided by one goal dating back to Dec. 18, 2003, and of those four, three have needed a shootout or overtime to determine a winner. The most recent extra-session tilt occurred on Dec. 1, 2007, when Nashville rallied from two three-goal deficits with four goals in the third period en route to a 5-4 shootout win at the Bell Centre. The win was Nashville's first in Montreal, and the Canadiens were the last team that had kept Nashville winless as a visitor. In the Feb. 22, 2007 game, the Habs claimed a 6-5 shootout win despite three points (1g-2a) by J.P. Dumont in his first game as a Predator against his hometown team. It was also Steve Sullivan’s final game before being sidelined with a back injury for nearly two years. In last season’s only meeting on Jan. 15, 2009 at the Bell Centre, Montreal prevailed 3-2.

All-time series highlight: On Nov. 17, 1999, Predators defenseman Kimmo Timonen scored against Jeff Hackett in the franchise's first-ever penalty shot attempt during the Predators' 6-1 win at the Sommet Center.

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
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On This Date
The Preds are 1-2-0 all-time in games played on November 14. Nashville dropped its first two appearanced on Nov. 14,  a 1-5 decision at St. Louis in 1998 and a 1-3 decision at home to Colorado in 2002, before posting a 4-3 win at Anaheim last season. Dan Hamhuis netted the overtime winner in last season's game -- just three days after the Preds posted a similar 4-3 OT win at San Jose.
Tonight marks Francis Bouillon’s first game against Montreal after being part of the organization for nearly his entire professional career prior to this season. Bouillon played 481 of his 485 career NHL games before 2009-10 with the Canadiens. He played with the Canadiens between 1999-2009, with the other four games coming during a three-week stint with Nashville during October 2002. The New York, N.Y., native who grew up in Montreal amassed 102 points (21g-81a) and 371 penalty minutes, and also pitched in six points (2g-4a) in 25 playoff contests with the Habs.

Against his hometown team, Dumont has 23 points (9g-14a) in 30 career games against Montreal, including four (2g-2a) in three contests as a Predator.

Career highs/highlights attained against the Canadiens
Jason Arnott – First career hat trick and a career-high five points (3g-2a) on March 23, 1996. Fourth career hat trick on Dec. 4, 2002.
J.P. Dumont – First career penalty shot on April 15, 2006 against David Aebischer (no goal).
Steve Sullivan – First NHL game and first NHL goal on Feb. 23, 1996 against Pat Jablonski.
Alex Sulzer – First NHL game on Jan. 15, 2009.

TEAM QUICK HITS
Nashville has posted a 6-3-0 record in its last nine games, scoring an average of 2.78 goals per game. In the first eight games of the season, the Predators went 2-5-1 while averaging 1.5 goals per game… All eight of Nashville’s wins have been decided by two goals or fewer. Of the eight, four of the wins have been by one goal, and two have been by two goals with one being an empty netter… The Predators are 8-2-1 when scoring more than one goal… Nashville is 5-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game, the League’s sixth-best winning percent (.833) in that situation… Nashville is tops in the NHL in fewest penalty minutes per game (9.4). The Predators have been shorthanded 60 times this season (3.5 times per game), the third-fewest (entering Friday’s games) in the NHL… Nashville continues to produce in the third period, with 12 final-frame markers in the last nine games. They started the season with two third-period goals in their first eight outings… Nashville outshot St. Louis by 15 on Thursday, and has outshot the opposition in five of its eight wins.

PLAYER QUICK HITS
Patric Hornqvist has goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his career, and with five markers on the season, is now tied for the team lead in goals, and ranks second in points (10). The Sollentuna, Sweden native – drafted with the final pick of the 2005 Entry Draft (230th overall) – has three goals in his last five games. Hornqvist also ranks 11th in the NHL, and first on the club, in shots (63), and is tied for the club lead in plus/minus rating (+4)… Joel Ward assisted on Hornqvist’s goal on Thursday at St. Louis, giving him a point (2g-4a) in each of Nashville’s last six victories… Defenseman Shea Weber is tied for first in power-play goals by a d-man (3), and tied for fourth in goals by a League defenseman (5), despite missing two of Nashville’s four games on the last road trip. Four of Weber’s five goals have come on the road, which is also tied for tops among NHL blueliners… Rookie blueliner Cody Franson has three points (2g-1a) in his last three games, and is tied for fifth in points (2g-3a) among rookie defensemen… Martin Erat has three points (3a) in his last three games after posting one point (1g) in his first 11 outings of 2009-10… Francis Bouillon is tied for sixth among NHL defensemen in hits (48), and has played more than 20 minutes in five consecutive games The former Hab has logged 20-or-more minutes in 11-of-17 games this season, after only reaching the mark six times in all of 2008-09 and 10 times in 74 games in 2007-08… Pekka Rinne has posted a 4-1-0 record with a 1.52 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage in his last five appearances.

2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Nov 14 '09 MTL 0 at NSH 2 S. Sullivan
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Plekanec2041317+31010
M. Cammalleri208816+71221
B. Gionta198513+3821
S. Gomez202911+21200
G. Metropolit144610+0221
T. Moen20437-21900
R. Hamrlik19426+11411
M. Bergeron13336-3621
J. Spacek20156+41600
A. Kostitsyn20145-41010
M. Lapierre20145-61800
P. Mara20055-73100
G. Latendresse20213-4200
J. Gorges20123+21401
M. Pacioretty20123-3400
H. Gill14101-33100
M. D'Agostini11101-21300
G. Laraque8011-4500
R. White5011-11100
K. Chipchura14000-81600
T. Pyatt5000-3200
G. Stewart4000-21100
M. Carle3000+1400
J. Leach3000-1500
Y. Weber3000-4000
R. O'Byrne2000+1200
S. Belle2000-2000
A. Markov1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Halak95-3-0212182.62.904
C. Price134-8-0383953.09.904
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Dumont113912+4400
P. Hornqvist185510+4802
S. Weber165510+2431
S. Sullivan18437-3211
R. Suter18257+21210
J. Arnott12336+0410
J. Ward16246-1611
C. Franson12235+3601
D. Legwand18145-51000
M. Erat15134-81000
D. Hamhuis14044-41400
J. Smithson18303+41801
M. Santorelli13213-4400
K. Klein18112-5600
F. Bouillon18112-61210
M. Goc16112-1400
C. Wilson10112-1000
J. Tootoo5112+2401
D. Scatchard9022+2400
A. Thuresson6022-1200
A. Sulzer5011+2000
W. Belak9000-1700
R. Jones8000-2200
T. Laakso7000-2200
C. O'Reilly6000+0200
B. Guite4000-1200
T. Grant3000-1900
P. Olvecky1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
P. Rinne116-4-0232722.34.915
D. Ellis103-4-1242412.90.900

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