PREDATORS CONTINUE TO SET POSTSEASON RECORDS Joel Ward continued his strong play with a multi-point effort (1g-1a) in Game Four, setting a franchise scoring mark for a single postseason with nine points (5g-4a). Cody Franson and Ryan Suter have raised the bar for defenders, with each now having tallied six points. The five assists earned by each defenseman match the most ever by a Predator in a playoff year, while Shea Weber holds the goals mark for a defenseman with three. All three blueliners are in the top 15 in scoring at the position in the 2011 Playoffs, the most of any team.
TEAM QUICK HITS
Nashville won its first Game Five in franchise history against Anaheim in the Western Conference Quarterfinals… The team has won five of six games when outshooting the opponent, and three of four when scoring first. Nashville has allowed the second fewest shots per game of the remaining teams (30.1)… Five of the team’s 10 games have been decided by one goal… Nashville has scored 14 goals in either the third period or overtime, second only to Tampa Bay for the most in the playoffs… Nashville has a 5-on-5 scoring ratio of 1.43 in the postseason, third-best behind Detroit and Boston… Nashville is the least penalized of any of the remaining teams (10.5 PIM per game)… The Predators have won 51.4 percent of their face-offs, third best of the remaining teams. Five Nashville players have won more than 50 percent of their draws. Jerred Smithson leads the team at 58.3 percent. David Legwand has won 14 of 22 face-offs (63.6 percent) while shorthanded… Patric Hornqvist is fifth in the playoffs with 40 shots… Shane O'Brien is third in the playoffs with 38 hits… Ryan Suter leads all skaters in the postseason in average ice time (29:27)… Shea Weber is tied with Kevin Klein for the team lead in blocked shots with 21. Weber is one of only three players in the postseason with at least 20 shots on goal, 20 hits and 20 blocked shots… After 984 regular season games and 34 postseason contests, the Nashville Predators advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 2011. Only three players have played in all six of the team’s playoff appearances – David Legwand, Martin Erat and Jordin Tootoo… Legwand and Erat are tied for first in franchise playoff scoring (19 pts), with Weber two points back and Joel Ward moving into a tie for fourth place (12 pts) by virtue of scoring nine points (5g-4a) in his last nine games. Ward had a five-game point streak (3g-2a) snapped in Game One of the WCS. The streak was the longest in Predators postseason history… Mike Fisher leads all Predators in playoff experience with 85 games… Rinne is now first in franchise history with seven playoff wins.
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS GAME FOUR
May 5, 2011: Vancouver Canucks 4, Nashville Predators 2 at Bridgestone Arena
Ward and Franson both notched two points in the game… Ward’s power-play goal was the Predators’ first of the series… Patric Hornqvist had a team-high five shots. Shea Weber blocked a game-high five shots. Nick Spaling won 9 of his 12 face-offs… Smithson left the game with an upper-body injury in the first period. Steve Sullivan did not play due to a lower-body injury sustained in Game Three. Colin Wilson made his 2011 Playoffs debut in Sullivan’s place.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES WRAP-UP
Defenseman Shane O’Brien was acquired along with forward Dan Gendur from Vancouver on Oct. 5, 2010 in exchange for Ryan Parent and Jonas Andersson… The teams played all four of their games in the 2011 portion of the schedule, splitting the season series at two games apiece and alternating wins. The Predators are 18-25-6 against the Canucks all time, but 5-5-0 in the last 10 meetings… Nashville outscored Vancouver 8-6 in the four games. Special teams goals were hard to come by, with Nashville going 0-for-14 on the power-play, and Vancouver scoring only once against the Predators penalty kill… Martin Erat led Nashville skaters with four points (1g-3a)… Pekka Rinne was 2-2-0 against the Canucks this season with a 1.26 goals-against average, .962 save percentage and a 29-save shutout… Nick Spaling and Blake Geoffrion scored the game-winners in the Preds’ victories. For Geoffrion, it was his first career game-winning goal… Ryan Suter played at least 26 minutes in three of the four games… The Canucks’ win on March 29 snapped a five-game winning streak for Nashville and was one of only two regulation losses in the Predators’ final 12 games of the regular season.
NOTABLES AGAINST VANCOUVER Steve Sullivan (15g-15a-30pts in 37 gp) leads all Predators players in career production against the Canucks… Pekka Rinne has an all-time regular season record of 4-4-0 with a 1.89 goals-against average and a shutout against Vancouver. Anders Lindback has never faced the Canucks… Shane O’Brien played two seasons with the Canucks, picking up 18 points (2g-16a) and a +21 rating in 141 games. He also had five points (2g-3a) in 22 playoff games for Vancouver… Jerred Smithson is a native of Vernon, B.C., while Shea Weber and Cody Franson both call Sicamous, B.C., home. Franson and Jonathon Blum both played their junior careers with the Vancouver Giants (WHL), capturing the Memorial Cup in 2007. Blum finished his career as the Giants’ all-time leader in points by a defenseman… Shea Weber (Canada), Ryan Suter (United States), Patric Hornqvist (Sweden), Marcel Goc (Germany), Martin Erat (Czech Republic), and Sergei Kostitsyn (Belarus) all participated in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.