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RED WINGS (18-13-9) at PREDATORS (17-18-4)
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STORYLINES VS. DETROIT
After meeting at least four times in each of the last 14 seasons, these former Central Division rivals meet for the final time in 2013-14 on Monday night at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville is 33-41-(4)-8 against Detroit all-time, but holds the 20-17-(2)-3 advantage against the Wings at Bridgestone Arena.
In their first meeting of the season on Nov. 19 at Joe Louis Arena, Marek Mazanec turned aside all 27 shots he faced to record his first career shutout. Shea Weber posted the game-winning power-play goal with five ticks remaining in the second period, and Gabriel Bourque added an insurance marker in the third, as the Preds defeated the Wings, 2-0
The Wings last appeared in Music City on April 14, when Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Justin Abdelkader all scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard made 22 saves to defeat the Preds, 3-0.
Weber has seven points (5g-2a) in his last nine regular-season games against the Wings. Nashville’s captain has 23 points (10g-13a) in 46 all-time games against the Wings… Mike Fisher has 11 points (3g-8a) in 201 career games against the Wings… In 68 career games against his hometown team, David Legwand has 41 points (15g-26a). Legwand ranks sixth in goals (206), eighth in assists (345) and seventh in points (551) among Michigan-born NHLers.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS vs. DETROIT
Rich Clune posted a career-high four shots on goal on Feb. 23, 2013 at Detroit
Ryan Ellis made his NHL debut against Detroit on Dec. 26, 2011.
Matt Hendricks tied his career-high with two assists against Detroit on Oct. 22, 2011.
Roman Josi made his NHL debut on Nov. 26, 2011 at Detroit.
Marek Mazanec recorded his first career shutout on Nov. 19, 2013 at Detroit.
Shea Weber made his NHL debut on Jan. 6, 2006 vs. Detroit.
CARRYING THE LOAD
Mike Fisher posted two goals with less than five minutes remaining on Saturday night, including the game winner, to become the first NHL player to score a pair of go-ahead goals in the final five minutes of regulation since Feb. 21, 1988, when Peter Stastny did so in Quebec’s 6-5 victory over Buffalo (Elias Sports Bureau).
The game winner was Fisher’s third point of the night (2g-1a), his second multi-point game of the season and first three-point game since Feb. 21, 2012 against Vancouver (1g-2a), as he picked up First Star honors. The two-goal effort moved Fisher into a tie with Shea Weber for second in goals (9).
The Peterborough, Ont., native leads all Preds forwards in ice time (18:58) – more than two minutes higher than the next closest forward (David Legwand, 16:33). He also leads club forwards in blocked shots (30) and ranks third in hits (63).
THEY COME IN PAIRS
Outside of Mike Fisher’s three-point outing on Saturday night, Patric Hornqvist (1g-1a) and Seth Jones (2a) also used multiple-point games to factor into the Preds win over Los Angeles.
• The effort was Hornqvist’s third multiple-point outing of the year. With his goal, the Sollentuna, Sweden native is now one goal shy of moving into a tie for seventh on the club’s all-time goal-scoring list. His two-point outing moved him into fourth in team scoring and goals (8g-12a-20pts). Nashville is now 7-1-0 when Hornqvist scores a goal.
• For Jones, the multi-point game was the first of his young career. The effort also gave the blueliner three points (3a) in his last three outings. The Plano, Texas native now ranks 17th among first-year players in points (3g-10a-13pts), 11th in assists and second in time on ice (21:06), while ranking fourth in blocked shots (59) and power-play points (6), and seventh in power-play goals (2) among rookies.
POWER PLAY STAYS HOT
Nine of Nashville’s last 18 goals have come on the man advantage, including power-play tallies in seven of the team’s last eight games. The Preds power play remains one of the League’s most potent (seventh, 21 percent), while Nashville’s home power play ranks among the League’s Top Five (fourth, 24.6 percent) after posting a man-advantage goal in six consecutive games at Bridgestone Arena (eight for 21). The Preds are now 14-3-2 when they score a power-play goal. Shea Weber leads the team with 14 points (7g-7a) on the man advantage this season.
THE CAPTAIN STAYS SOLID
Shea Weber has tallied 10 points (2g-8a) in his last 10 games after tallying an assist on Mike Fisher’s third-period power-play goal. Both of Weber’s goals during that span have come on the power play.
• Weber is second in team scoring (9g-13a-22pts).
• Nashville’s captain is tied with Zdeno Chara (BOS) for second in goals among blueliners (9). Five of Weber’s nine goals have come in the first period. The Preds are 7-1-1 when their captain finds the back of the net.
• The Sicamous, B.C., native’s 14 power-play points (7g-7a) are good for third among League defensemen (tie), while his seven power-play goals pace all blueliners.
• Weber posted 29:52 of ice time on Saturday night, less than 24 hours after recording a regular-season career-high 32:23 against Dallas. He has led Nashville in ice time in 21 of the last 30 games he’s played to rank fourth in the League in the category (26:42).
• Weber leads the team and ranks 11th in the League in blocked shots (83), in addition to ranking second on the team in hits (86).
PLAYER QUICK HITS
• Craig Smith has posted six points (4g-2a) in his last seven games, and 13 points (7g-6a) in his last 17 outings, to move into third in team scoring (10g-11a-21pts). The Madison, Wis., native owns three of Nashville’s six two-goal performances this season. Three of Smith’s last six goals have come on the power play. Nashville is 5-2-0 when Smith scores.
• Roman Josi has six points (2g-4a) in his last 10 games. The Bern, Switzerland native has led the team in ice time in five of the last 10 games to rank second on the team and among the League’s Top 15 defensemen in the category (25:28).
• David Legwand has 18 points (5g-13a) in his last 28 outings to lead the team with 25 points (6g-19a) in 39 games. Fifteen (5g-10a) of Legwand’s 25 points have come away from the Music City.
• Eric Nystrom is one goal shy of matching his output from last season (7g in 48gp). Nystrom leads the team in hits and ranks among the League’s Top 30 forwards in the category (88).
• With four points (2g-2a) in his last nine games, Paul Gaustad is now two points shy of 200 points for his career. He has won 379 of 643 faceoffs (58.9 percent), to rank second the League to in the category (minimum 600 draws).
TEAM QUICK HITS
• Nashville is 17-5-3 when scoring more than one goal, and 15-0-2 when scoring three or more goals.
• Eight of Nashville’s 17 wins this season have come by one goal – the team is 8-0-4 in one-goal games.
• The Predators are 14-1-2 when they score first, and are 13-0-1 when leading after the first period (.929, second in the League).
• Nashville’s penalty kill has allowed the League’s 11th-fewest power-play goals (23). Nashville’s road penalty kill ranks among the League’s best (eighth; 85.2 percent).
• The Preds have not allowed a shorthanded goal since March 21, 2013, when Calgary scored two shorthanded goals – a span of 55 games. Nashville is the only team in the League not to have allowed a shorthanded goal this season.
• Nashville ranks second in the League in team face-off win percentage this season (54 percent). The Preds have been better than 50 percent in the face-off circle in 31 of their 39 games.
LAST TIME OUT: Nashville 3, Los Angeles 2 at Bridgestone Arena
• Colin Wilson tallied an assist on Mike Fisher’s game-winning goal. That helper gives Wilson points in back-to-back games (2a).
• Nashville put at least 30 shots on goal for the fifth consecutive game, led by Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist, who each posted five shots.
• Marek Mazanec won his first game since being named Rookie of the Month for November.
• Nashville won the battle of the League’s top two face-off teams, led by Matt Cullen, who won six-of-seven draws (86 percent). Cullen also ranks among the League’s top faceoff men (seventh, 57.3 percent), winning 266 of 464 draws.
• Jeff Carter’s goal at 19:23 and Mike Fisher’s goal at 19:33 of the third period tied for the second-fastest two goals by both teams in Bridgestone Arena history (10 seconds).
• Carter’s goal was the first time the opponent has scored game-tying goal or game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation/overtime at Bridgestone Arena since Jan. 3, 2009 vs. Calgary (Todd Bertuzzi, game winner)
• Fisher’s goal was the first time the Predators scored game-tying goal or game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation/overtime since Dec. 22, 2011 vs. Columbus (Martin Erat, game winner).
15TH ANNIVERSARY MOMENT
December 29, 2001: “Backdoor Bubba” scores OT winner vs. Detroit
Andrew “Bubba” Berenzweig’s finest hour in the National Hockey League came on Dec. 29, 2001 – the Predators’ fourth season – when he capped the team’s late comeback over the rival Detroit Red Wings with one of the most memorable overtime winners in franchise history. Berenzweig notched two assists and the game-winner to lead the Predators to their first win over Red Wings in more than a year.
"We hadn't beaten them yet this year," Berenzweig said. "It was big for the team and, of course, big for me. It feels really good since it was Detroit and I went to the University of Michigan for four years."
The come-from-behind win was mounted in the final five minutes of regulation with Nashville trailing 2-0. Vitali Yachmenev tallied at 15:40 before Vladimir Orszagh tied the game while on the power play, with goalie Mike Dunham pulled, with just 65 ticks left in regulation. Berenzweig finished the comeback with his first NHL game-winner 2:20 into OT.
"I saw my forwards battling for it along the boards. I kind of stayed out by the blue line at first," Berenzweig said. "When I saw Orszagh was going to get the puck, I started to creep in. I saw their player was going to step over and play Orzy. I just kept sneaking back door and he made a great pass to me."