TONIGHT’S STORYLINES VS. CALGARY
The Predators will be looking to get back into the win column against the Calgary Flames tonight at the Sommet Center, the first of four games the teams will play against each other this season. In 2008-09, the Flames took all four of the series’ games in regulation time, with two being decided by one goal, and two by a pair on tallies. Prior last season, Nashville had posted a 9-2-1 stretch against Calgary from 2005-08, including a seven-game winning streak from Nov. 29, 2005-March 8, 2007. On home ice, the Predators are 13-7-(1)-0 all-time in the series, and have gone unbeaten against the Flames at home on five occasions, sweeping both games in 2000-01, 2001-02, 2005-06 and 2006-07 while posting a win and a tie in 2003-04.
Game No. 2 of the season series in 2008-09 on Nov. 6 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary was one of the Predators more unusual contests of the season, with the club falling 7-6. Calgary scored the game’s first five goals, before Nashville rallied to make it a one-goal game with three tallies in both the second and third periods. Seven of the game’s 13 goals were scored on special teams, including three shorthanded goals. Nashville tallied the game’s final two goals while a man down – just the fourth time in team history it has scored two shorties in a game – on the club’s lone penalty shot of the season by Vernon Fiddler, and one by Shea Weber with 20 seconds left in regulation. Seven Predators posted multi-point efforts in the loss, led by Martin Erat and David Legwand, who each had a goal and two assists.
All-time series highlight: The date of Nov. 6 has also produced some fond memories for the Predators franchise, as the club collected its first road victory in Cowtown on that day in 1998. Mike Dunham turned aside 31 shots in the victory, while Patric Kjellberg provided the game winner with a power-play goal late in the second period. Jan Vopat also scored for Nashville. John Slaney (26:19) led all Nashville skaters in ice time, and was second only to Calgary’s Phil Housley (27:20) in the game.
The Nashville Predators are 3-1-0 all-time in games played on November 30. The Preds dropped a 6-3 decision at home to Phoenix on Nov. 30, 1999. Nashville went on to post a 3-0 shutout win at Chicago in 2000, a 5-2 win home against Dallas in 2002, and a 5-4 win on the road that St. Louis on Nov. 30, 2006.
Jason Arnott (3g-2a) and J.P. Dumont (1g-4a) led the Predators in scoring against the Flames last season, while Erat (1g-3a) also produced at a point-per-game clip. Arnott has 15 points (10g-5a) in 12 games against the Flames as a Predator and his 26 career goals against them is tied for the most against a single opponent with San Jose. Dumont has amassed 14 points (5g-9a) in 12 games against Calgary while with Nashville… Weber had two goals in that Nov. 6 game, and finished with three points in four games last season against Calgary, and has eight points (4g-4a) in 12 career games against the Flames… Predator winger Wade Belak spent parts of three seasons with Calgary from 1999-2001, amassing 222 penalty minutes and three assists in 71 games. He was acquired by the Flames, along with Robyn Regehr, in the deal that sent Theo Fleury to Colorado on Feb. 28, 1999.
Career highs/highlights attained against the Flames David Legwand – Tied a career-high with three assists on March 18, 2006. Joel Ward – Career-high five penalty minutes on Nov. 6, 2008. TEAM QUICK HITS
Tonight the Predators play their third home game in four nights, and their eighth home game in a 17-day span… Nashville is 12-3-0 in their last 15 games, outscoring the opposition 44-31 in that span… The Predators are 9-4-0 at home this season – only Chicago, Ottawa and Vancouver (10 wins apiece prior to Sunday’s games) have more home wins… Nashville has held the opposition to three goals or fewer in each of the last nine games, and rank seventh in goals-against average (2.52)… The penalty kill has been perfect in eight of the last 10 games, killing 27-of-29 (93.1 percent) in that span. Since Oct. 29, Nashville has moved from 27th in the NHL’s PK rankings, to 11th. On home ice, Nashville has killed off 29 of the 31 opportunities against (93.5 percent), and rank sixth in the League’s home PK rankings… Since scoring only two third-period goals in its first eight games of the season, Nashville has notched 19 final-frame markers in a 17-game span. In the last 15 games, the Predators have outscored their foes 17-10 in the third period… The Predators have held their opponents to less than 30 shots in all but four of the last 15 games, in addition to ranking seventh in the League in shots for per game (31.2)… The Predators have been shorthanded the second-fewest times in the League (83, 3.32 per game) and are averaging the second-fewest penalty minutes per game (8.9)… All four of Nashville’s goals against Florida came at even strength. Prior to Saturday’s game, it had scored 8-of-12 on special teams… Nashville is 15-2-1 when scoring more than one goal, and 11-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game, the League’s second-best winning percent (.917) in that situation… The Predators won their seventh game of the season when tied after 40 minutes on Saturday, and are also 7-3-1 in that situation… The Predators have the league’s fourth-best winning percentage (9-4-0, .692) when outshooting the opposition, which they have done in four of their last five victories. PLAYER QUICK HITS David Legwand has points in five consecutive games (3g-3a) since his son Ryder was born just hours before game time on Nov. 21, tying a career high attained twice before. Legwand also has nine points (4g-5a) in his last seven games, and the club is 4-0-0 this season when he scores… Jordin Tootoo posted an assist/point in his fourth consecutive game on Saturday (4a), a career high streak in both categories. It is also the longest assist streak by a Predator this season… Jason Arnott assisted on J.P. Dumont’s game-winning goal on Saturday, giving him seven points (4g-3a) in his last six games… Joel Ward scored Nashville’s third empty-net goal of the season vs. Florida, improving the Predators to 14-2-2 over the past two seasons when he scores. The Predators are 9-0-0 in 2009-10 when Ward registers a point… In November, Dan Hamhuis has amassed a plus-7 rating, tied for sixth-best among NHL blueliners this month… Shea Weber is tied for second among League defensemen in power-play goals (4), and tied for third among NHL blueliners in goals (6). He’s also third among d-men in shots (66), and has six points (1g-5a) in his last eight games… Pekka Rinne has the League’s most wins since coming off the bench to earn the victory in a 4-3 victory at Minnesota on Oct. 28, going 10-2-0 with a 1.86 goals-against average, a .930 save percentage and a pair of shutouts in that span.