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Nashville Predators at Phoenix Coyotes
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 | 9:00pm CT | Jobing.com Arena
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Predators last visited Jobing.com Arena on January 28th, 2013, when the Coyotes shut out the Predators 4-0. The ‘Yotes got goals from Antonie Vermette, Lauri Korpikoski, Nick Johnson and Keith Yandle, while Chad Johnson made 21 saves on the night.
Since the start of the 2003-04 campaign the Predators are 19-13-(1)-2 against Phoenix, while posting an 8-8-2 mark at Jobing.com Arena during that span.These teams last met on March 28th, 2013, at Bridgestone Arena, as the two teams combined for nine goals in the opening period in an eventual 7-4 Phoenix victory. The game set Nashville franchise records for most combined goals and most goals against in a single period.
The Coyotes jumped out to a 5-0 lead within the first 8:26, but the Preds responded with goals from David Legwand and Rich Clune to cut the margin to 5-2 by the 9:33 mark. Yandle would open the gap once again, before Bourque tallied the ninth goal of the first 20 minutes. Vermette would tally in the second, and Shea Weber would later find the board in the third.
Gabriel Bourque posted three points (2g-1a) in three games against Phoenix last season. Patric Hornqvist has 11 points (6g-5a) in 13 career games against the Coyotes, including one point (1a) in one game a season ago. David Legwand has faced the Coyotes more than any other Predator, posting 23 points (7g-16a) in 44 games. Matt Cullen has 26 points (7g-19a) in 41 career games against Phoenix.
The Preds are 4-2-1 all-time on Halloween.
David Legwand has posted four points (4a) in his last five games to move into a tie with Smith for the team points lead this season (1g-6a). Legwand also ranks 22nd in the League in face-off win percentage (55.3 percent).
Mattias Ekholm ranks fourth among all rookies in average time on ice this season (20:14).
Kevin Klein leads the team and ranks 10th in the League with 31 blocked shots on the year.
When the Preds score first they hold onto the lead, going 5-0-1 in those contests this season (tied for ninth).
Smith Leads The Pack
The Madison, WI, native also leads the team with a +3 rating and 40 shots on goal this season, ranking in the League’s Top 30 players in the category, after posting a game-high six shots against the St. Louis Blues last Saturday.
With his success this season, Smith is seeing an increase in ice time to more than a minute above his average from 2012-13.
Strong In The Circle
Nashville is led in the face-off circle by Paul Gaustad, who has won 136-of-216 face-offs this season (63 percent) to lead the League in the category among players who have taken at least 100 draws.
The 6-5, 220-pound center has ranked among the League’s Top 10 in the category in each of the last four seasons. Matt Cullen has also moved into the Top Five in the category (fourth, 59.7 percent), after going nine for 12 last Saturday night vs. St. Louis (75 percent).
Last Time Out
Nashville 1, St. Louis 6 at Bridgestone Arena
A Franchise Record CMA Road Trip
Since 2006, it has been a staple of the Nashville Predators schedule – the annual extended road trip in early November to accommodate the Country Music Association Awards – being held this year on Wednesday, November 6th.
The trip will last 17 days, the longest stretch away from the Music City in franchise history, and see the team go to the Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins to wrap things up on November 15th. Nashville’s next game at Bridgestone Arena will be November 16th against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Forsberg currently ranks among the League’s Top 15 rookie forwards in average time on ice (13:11), while his four points (1g-3a) are tied for 14th among his peer group. All of Forsberg’s points this season have come on the man-advantage.
Jones leads all first-year players in average time on ice (24:42), and ranks 19th in the League in the category. Among rookies, Jones ranks seventh in power-play goals (1), eighth in shots on goal (23), and his five points (2g-3a) on the year are tied for 10th.
Nashville is one of two teams to field multiple teenagers in their lineup this season with Jones and Forsberg holding two roster spots (both 19). The Buffalo Sabres is the only other team who has fielded multiple teenagers in its lineup this season (four total).
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