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Nashville, TN - The Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues face-off on Bridgestone Arena ice on Saturday night for the first time in 2013-14. These two teams will meet three times in the Music City, but won’t meet up again in Nashville until March 6th, 2014.
The Predators have posted a 22-12-9 mark all-time against the Blues on home ice, but have lost three straight going back to February 23rd, 2012 (1-0-2). Two of Nashville’s home losses during that span came via the shootout, a common theme in the series – the teams have needed the post-overtime tiebreaker to determine a winner 13 times, with Nashville posting an 8-5 record.In the most recent meeting at the Scottrade Center in the season opener for both teams on October 3rd, St. Louis scored three times in the first 10 minutes as it chased goalie Pekka Rinne. Nashville was able to cut the Blues’ three-goal lead to 3-2 after Mike Fisher and David Legwand both scored, but the early lead was too much as the Predators fell 4-2.
These two teams last meet in Nashville on April 9th, 2013, as Alexander Steen scored the lone goal and Brian Elliott recorded the 1-0 shutout for the Blues.
Patric Hornqvist has 14 points (5g-9a) in 21 career games against St. Louis. David Legwand has played 71 career games against the Blues – more than any Predator player against any opponent all-time – posting 34 points (12g-22a). Nashville’s Director of Player Development Scott Nichol played the final two seasons of his career with the Blues, posting nine points (4g-5a) in 110 games for the Bluenotes.
Last Time Out
Nashville 3, Winnipeg 2 (OT) at Bridgestone Arena
Nashville played its second overtime game of the season, and now stands at 1-1 in post-regulation play. The Predators last won an overtime game on home ice on February 25th, 2013 (vs. Dallas).
The Predators scored a game-tying goal or game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation/overtime for the first time since January 31st, 2012 at the Minnesota Wild (Fisher, GWG) and for the first time on home ice since December 22nd, 2011 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Erat, GWG).
Goaltender Carter Hutton picked up his second career win (both against Winnipeg). He has now stopped 93 of the 97 shots he has faced this season, good for a .959 save percentage and 1.37 goals-against average.
Shea Weber’s first-period power-play goal moved him atop the goal-scoring leaderboard among NHL defensemen (3g). Weber’s power-play marker was also the 51st of his career – a franchise best.
For the seventh time in 11 games, Nashville put up at least 30 shots on goal (33).
Nashville scored first for the sixth time this season (5-0-1 record).
The Predators are undefeated when scoring a power-play goal (five wins).
The Predators have posted a 5-0-0 record when scoring more than two goals this season.
Smith Remains Impressive
Craig Smith registered the game-winning goal with 17 seconds remaining in overtime on Thursday night against Winnipeg. The goal is just the latest in an impressive offensive streak for the third-year forward. His game winner on Thursday was just the second of his career and his first point to come in overtime.
Smith is tied for the team lead in points (2g-5a), and has posted six points (2g-4a) in his last seven outings. The Madison, WI, native also leads the team with a +4 rating and ranks second with 34 shots on goal this season (Hornqvist, 36). With his success this season, Smith is seeing an increase in ice time to more than 40 seconds above what he averaged a season ago.
With his second multi-point game of the season on Thursday night, David Legwand has now posted 110 multiple point games in his career, tying him for the franchise lead (Martin Erat). His helper on Craig Smith’s overtime game winner was also his franchise-record 18th overtime point (9g-9a). The Grosse Pointe, MI, native has posted four points (4a) in his last four games to move into a tie with Smith for the team points lead this season (1g-6a).
The Predators have outshot their opponent by a total of 244-230 through the last eight games. They ranked 12th in the League in average shots against this season (29.8).
Mattias Ekholm ranks third among all rookies in average time on ice this season (20:17).
Kevin Klein ranks second in the League with 29 blocked shots on the year.
Nashville Predators Tickets
Individual game tickets for the Nashville Predators 2013-14 regular season are on sale at the Bridgestone Arena box office, through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.Ticketmaster.com, www.nashvillepredators.com and 615.770.7800.
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