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SIX OUT OF THE LAST SEVEN
The Nashville Predators will be making their sixth playoff berth in the last seven seasons in 2011, making them one of only six franchises to advance to the playoffs six times since 2003-04 (San Jose, Detroit, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Montreal are the others). Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz is the only coach to lead his team to the postseason six times in this span, while the other five teams have had a combined 21 coaching changes.
PLAYOFF QUICK HITS
The Predators are 2-3 all time in Game Ones. In Game One of their 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinal series vs. Chicago, the Predators won their first road playoff game in franchise history… Nashville’s first ever draft pick (second overall in 1998) – David Legwand – paced the Predators in points during the 2010 Playoffs, amassing seven points (2g-5a) in six games to tie Paul Kariya for highest single-series point and assist output in franchise history… Martin Erat scored four goals in Nashville’s six postseason games a year ago, tying the franchise mark for goals in a series, and moving into a tie with J-P Dumont for first on the all-time playoff goal-scoring list (6)… Legwand and Erat are tied for first in all-time playoff scoring for Nashville, with 13 points apiece, while Dumont and Shea Weber are each one point back… Legwand, Erat and Jordin Tootoo are the only players to appear in all six of Nashville’s playoff series… Mike Fisher leads all Predators in playoff experience with 75 games – all with the Ottawa Senators. His 14 playoff goals are second in Senators franchise history behind only Daniel Alfredsson… Jonathon Blum, Blake Geoffrion, Matt Halischuk, Cal O’Reilly, and Anders Lindback have yet to appear in an NHL playoff game.
SERIES QUICK HITS
Hornqvist paced all Predators in the regular season series with seven points (3g-4a) in four games, and nine points (4g-5a) in 11 career games vs. the Ducks… Weber has 11 points (4g-7a) in his last 13 games against Anaheim dating back to Nov. 14, 2008… Weber and Hornqvist have both had 10 shots on goal in a game against Anaheim – Weber on Jan. 2, 2010 and Hornqvist on Nov. 5, 2010… Steve Sullivan leads all Nashville skaters with 33 points (17g-17a) in 41 career games against Anaheim. Since joining the Predators, he has 16 points (6g-10a) in 18 games against the Ducks… For his career, Rinne is 6-2-2 with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage vs. Anaheim… Defenseman Shane O’Brien was drafted in the eighth round, 250th overall, by the Ducks in 2003. He spent three seasons with Anaheim’s AHL affiliates in Cincinnati and Portland before making his NHL debut with the club on Oct. 6, 2006 at Los Angeles. He posted 14 points (2g-12a) and 140 penalty minutes in 62 games with the club before being traded to Tampa Bay on Feb. 24, 2007.
CAREER HIGHS/HIGHLIGHTS ATTAINED AGAINST THE DUCKS Martin Erat – career-high eight penalty minutes on Jan. 17, 2008. Patric Hornqvist – a career-high 10 shots on goal on Nov. 5, 2009. Ryan Suter – career-high three assists on March 18, 2009. Jordin Tootoo – made his NHL debut (with Nashville) on Oct. 9, 2003. Shea Weber – career-high 15 penalty minutes on Feb. 3, 2007.