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Preds Head To The Big Apple

Monday, 12.09.2013 / 1:25 PM

Jimi Russell - Nashville Predators

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Preds Head To The Big Apple
Nashville Predators vs. New York Rangers

PREDATORS (13-14-3) at RANGERS (15-15-1)

TV: NBC SPORTS (Comcast 50/1607)

Radio: Preds Radio Network Flagship - 102.5-FM The Game Radio Network; Network Affiliates

STORYLINES VS. N.Y. RANGERS
The Nashville Predators and New York Rangers close out their two-game season series on Tuesday night in New York City. It is just the seventh game between the two teams in the last six full seasons. In 16 all-time games against the Rangers, the Predators have posted a 7-8-(2)-0 record, but are 5-3-(1)-0 in nine trips to Madison Square Garden.

The Preds and Rangers met just 17 days ago in the Music City, as Cam Talbot recorded his second shutout in as many games for the Blueshirts. Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan both scored for New York.

These teams last met at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 17, 2012, as the Blueshirts shut out the Preds on home ice. Dan Girardi, John Mitchell and Ryan Callahan all scored for the Rangers.

Colin Wilson has two goals in four career games against the Blueshirts. Wilson’s father – Carey – spent two seasons with the Rangers from 1988-90, posting 81 points (30g-51a) and 102 penalty minutes in 82 games… Matt Cullen has 15 points (4g-11a) in 31 career games against the Rangers. He played one season with the Rangers (2006-07), posting 41 points (16g-25a) in 80 games… David Legwand has six points (1g-5a) in 13 games against New York.

LEADERS OF THE PACK
With seven goals on the season, Mike Fisher and Shea Weber lead the team in goal scoring.

• Fisher has four goals in his last seven outings to move into seventh in points (7g-5a-12pts) on the team.
• The Peterborough, Ont., native also leads all Preds forwards in ice time (18:14) and shooting percentage (14.9 percent), while ranking third in hits (47).
• Weber recorded an assist in his return to the lineup on Saturday night in Washington after missing four games with an eye injury. The helper moved him into a tie for fifth in team scoring (7g-6a-13pts).
• Weber is tied with Zdeno Chara (BOS) and Michael Stone (PHX) for second in goal-scoring among blueliners (7). Nashville’s captain is the only defenseman in the League to lead his team in goal scoring.
• The Preds are 7-0-0 when their captain finds the back of the net.
• Weber has led Nashville in ice time in 16 of the last 21 games he’s played to rank seventh in the League in the category (26:08).
• Nashville’s captain ranks second on the team in hits (64) and third in blocked shots (58).

QUICK HITS
• Since becoming a father for the first time on Nov. 13, Gabriel Bourque has posted eight points (3g-5a) in 12 games, including four points (1g-3a) in his last seven.
Matt Cullen has posted nine points (3g-6a), including three multi-point outings, in his last 11 games. He is one of only three players 37 years old or older to play for Nashville (Hal Gill and Martin Gelinas).
Patric Hornqvist has 10 points (3g-7a) in his last 16 games to move into a tie for second in goals and team scoring (6g-9a-15pts). The Sollentuna, Sweden native also leads the team with 83 shots.
Seth Jones leads all first-year players in average time on ice (23:34). The Frisco, Texas native is tied for 16th among first-year players in points (3g-7a-10pts) and goals (3), 13th in assists and shots on goal (45), and first in blocked shots (55), while ranking fourth in power-play points (5) and fifth in power-play goals (2) among rookies.
Kevin Klein leads the team and ranks 18th in the League with 60 blocked shots.
David Legwand has 13 points (4g-9a) in his last 18 outings to lead the team with 20 points (5g-15a) in 30 games. Thirteen (5g-8a) of Legwand’s 20 points have come away from the Music City.
Craig Smith has seven points (3g-4a) in his last 10 outings. Smith ranks second in team scoring (6g-9a-15pts) and shots (73).
Colin Wilson has five points (2g-3a) in his last nine outings to rank fourth in team scoring (5g-9a-14pts).
• When the Preds score first they hold onto the lead, going 11-1-2 in those contests.
• Six of Nashville’s 13 wins this season have come by one goal – it is 6-0-3 in one-goal games.
• Nashville is 13-3-2 when scoring more than one goal, and 11-0-1 when scoring three or more goals.
• The Preds’ penalty kill ranks 11th in the League (84 percent), and has allowed the ninth-fewest power-play goals (16). Nashville’s road penalty kill ranks among the League’s Top 15 (11th; 84.6 percent).
• Nashville’s penalty kill has allowed just three goals on their last 34 times shorthanded, and have only surrendered six power-play goals on 50 times shorthanded in their last 14 outings (88 percent).
• The Preds have not allowed a shorthanded goal since March 21, 2013, when Calgary scored two shorthanded goals – a span of 49 games. Nashville is the only team in the League not to have allowed a shorthanded goal this season.
• The Predators have had seven rookies appear in the lineup this season. They had eight rookies appear last season, and 11 during the 2011-12 campaign. Nashville is also one of two teams in the NHL to field multiple teenagers in its lineup (Filip Forsberg, 19 and Seth Jones, 19), only Buffalo has had more teenagers on its roster this season (four).

LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 2, Washington 5 at Verizon Center
• Nashville recorded at least 30 shots on goal (36) for the fourth time in five outings. Fourteen of 18 Preds skaters recorded at least one shot on goal, while 10 of the 14 fired multiple shots. Washington also blocked 22 shot attempts on the night.
Patric Hornqvist and Kevin Klein accounted for nearly a third of Nashville’s shots (11). Hornqvist led all skaters with six shots, one shy of his season high (seven, Oct. 17 vs. Los Angeles), while Klein fired five shots on goal, his most since posting a career-high six shots on April 4, 2013 against Columbus.
Roman Josi opened the scoring for Nashville with 27 seconds remaining in the first period, and added an assist on Eric Nystrom’s third-period goal to complete his second multi-point outing of the season. Josi also tied with Victor Bartley with a game-high five blocked shots.
• Nystrom’s goal was his fifth of the season and first since Nov. 2 at Los Angeles.
Viktor Stalberg picked up an assist on Nystrom’s goal, giving him points (1g-1a) in back-to-back games and five points (1g-4a) in his last 10 games.

SOLID IN THE CIRCLE
The Predators are tied for the League lead in team face-off win percentage this season (54.5 percent). Nashville has been better than 50 percent in the face-off circle in 25 of its 30 games. Nashville is led in the face-off circle by Paul Gaustad, who has won 295-of-491 face-offs (60.1 percent), to lead the League in the category (minimum 350 draws). Matt Cullen also ranks among the League’s top face-off men (ninth, 57.1 percent), winning 210-of-368 draws.

15TH ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
December 23, 2000 and 2006: Legwand notches penalty shot goals

On the same date six years apart, David Legwand showed his breakaway prowess and flair for the dramatic with two of the franchise’s five all-time penalty-shot goals. Both went down in the record books, but it was the first one, which came in overtime, that created the most noise.

The first shot came during sudden decision overtime against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. When Legwand bested Blueshirts goaltender Kirk McLean for the 3-2 Predators win, it marked the first time a game had been decided in overtime by a penalty shot in National Hockey League history.

The second one-on-one marker came six years later in front of the Nashville faithful at Bridgestone Arena in a 7-0 victory of the Los Angeles Kings. The game was the first in franchise history in which the Predators were awarded two penalty shots in the same game. The Kings’ Dan Cloutier had stopped Paul Kariya on a penalty shot earlier in the contest.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Dec 10 '13 NSH 4 at NYR 1 R. Clune
Nov 23 '13 NYR 2 at NSH 0 R. McDonagh
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
D. Legwand3151722-101621
P. Hornqvist2861016-11623
C. Smith296915-21022
C. Wilson315914-1421
S. Weber287613-62051
M. Cullen315813-21601
M. Fisher247512-12710
G. Bourque284711-9401
N. Spaling275510+3400
S. Jones313710-11821
V. Stalberg25358-81200
R. Ellis29178+41201
R. Josi21178-10800
E. Nystrom28527-52601
P. Gaustad31426-31800
F. Forsberg12145-8210
M. Ekholm21044-6000
M. Hendricks27213-13300
R. Clune18112-56901
K. Klein29011-8900
V. Bartley25011+11200
J. Piskula2000+1000
T. Beck2000-1200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Mazanec145-7-1333902.51.915
C. Hutton125-3-1292943.03.901
P. Rinne94-4-1192292.31.917
M. Hellberg10-0-0145.00.750
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
B. Richards3291524+0822
M. Zuccarello3161420+21021
D. Stepan3251520-3611
R. McDonagh3261319-2611
C. Kreider2571017+62030
D. Brassard325914-91032
R. Callahan247613-61041
R. Nash156511-1912
C. Hagelin225611+22002
B. Pouliot30336-23311
M. Del Zotto24246-9410
B. Boyle32156-53000
D. Girardi32156-7400
J. Moore30235-51002
M. Staal30213-7810
D. Dorsett27213-69700
A. Stralman32033-41200
J. Miller17112-6800
D. Moore24011-10800
T. Pyatt21011-91000
J. Falk13011-31800
J. Fast8000-5200
B. Mashinter6000-11000
A. Asham4000-51400
D. Powe1000-2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
H. Lundqvist249-13-1586662.60.913
C. Talbot96-2-0152271.79.934
M. Biron20-1-09387.61.763

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