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Nashville Predators (10-9-2, 22pts, 3rd Central, 8th West)
Nashville Team Leaders
Goals: Shea Weber, Jason Arnott, 10
Assists: Jean-Pierre Dumont, 17
Points: Weber, Dumont, 21
Power Play Goals: Arnott, 4
Power Play Scoring: Dumont, 8 (1g+7a)
Short-Handed Goals: Three Tied at 1
Short-Handed Scoring: Three Tied at 2
Shots: Weber, 74
Shooting Percentage: Arnott, 20.0%
Plus-Minus: Weber, +10
Penalty Minutes: Jordin Tootoo, 41
Giveaways: Dumont, 16
Takeaways: Dan Hamhuis, 15
Turnover Differential: Joel Ward, +8
Faceoffs Won: Radek Bonk, 131-88
Faceoff Percentage: Vernon Fiddler, 60.6%
Time On Ice: Shea Weber, 24:13
Wins: Dan Ellis, 8-9-2
Minutes Played: Ellis, 1117
Goals Against Average: Ellis, 2.90
Save Percentage: Ellis, .897
Shutouts: Ellis, 1
Nashville Fun Fact: Nashville rank second in the entire NHL in face-off percentage, led by Vern Fiddler (60.6%) and Radek Bonk (59.8%).
Nashville Player to Watch: Jordin Tootoo has three points in two games all-time against the Thrashers
Nashville Reason to Worry: Nashville's power play is operating at a meager 13.6% on the road, 23rd in the NHL.
Nashville Injury Report:
Nashville Projected Lineup
Atlanta Thrashers (8-11-2, 18pts, 4th Southeast, 14th East)
Atlanta Team Leaders
Goals: Vyacheslav Kozlov, 12
Assists: Ilya Kovalchuk, Todd White, 13
Points: Kozlov, Bryan Little, Kovalchuk, 20
Power Play Goals: Kozlov, Jason Williams, 4
Power Play Scoring:
Short-Handed Goals: None recorded
Shots: Kovalchuk, 58
Shooting Percentage: Kozlov, 33.3%
Plus-Minus: Little, +8
Penalty Minutes: Garnet Exelby, 43
Hits: Exelby, 42
Blocked Shots: Exelby, 38
Giveaways: Kovalchuk, 22
Takeaways: Marty Reasoner, Erik Christensen, 14
Turnover Differential: Christensen, +11
Faceoffs Won: White, 168-154
Faceoff Percentage: Christensen, 54.8%
Time On Ice: Ron Hainsey, 23:31
Wins: Johan Hedberg, 4-3-0
Minutes Played: Kari Lehtonen, 540
Goals Against Average: Ondrej Pavelec, 2.84
Save Percentage: Lehtonen, .903
Shutouts: None Recorded
Atlanta Fun Fact: The Thrashers' loss to Washington on Wednesday marked Atlanta's first regulation loss to a Southeast Division opponent.
Atlanta Player to Watch: Vyacheslav Kozlov has six points (4g+2a) in his last six games.
Atlanta Reason to Worry: Ilya Kovalchuk has just one goal in his last six games.
Kari Lehtonen (Back, Flu-like symptoms, IR)
Zach Bogosian (Broken Leg, IR)
Atlanta Projected Lineup
Media Coverage: The game will be available on FSN-South, but will only be shown on Comcast and DirecTV.
I read that Rinne is starting today. I'm scared.
your lines were pretty wrong.. here they are.
Atlanta Projected Lineup
Kovalchuk - Williams - Perrin
Kozlov - White -Little
I got them here, where I get all of my lines for opposing teams
Not exactly sure what the lines will be, but EC is sitting and Crabb is getting his first ever NHL start.
Man, what a nice pass and crappy bounce.
Woo! Suter from Weber!
Fun fun game, lot of strange bounces, but it was a game I wouldn't mind losing (but I'm glad we didn't)
9 times out of 10 you will win those games (eeerrr St Louis was that 1 game out of 10)
I went to the game with a group from the NP boards...
It was my first time in Philips Arena. I liked the THOUGHT of how the arena was setup, but it was put together very poorly. The space in the arena was not used very well, and it seemed very bland other than on one side of the arena. While it was an interesting game, the crowd seemed to be dead. When they would clear the puck after we cycled the puck in their end for 2 solid minutes, there was not a peep. Then when they pressured us for a solid 30 seconds (Little's line) -- the crowd did not seem to react. It was a strange game....
Little will be one he**uva player in a few years to come I think. He has some great speed and reminds me of Versteeg of the Hawks.
You can thank Kovy for our first 3 goals (on the first goal he jumped off the ice on the PP on the way back to the bench). He shyed away from a hit and we were able to take the puck up ice on the turnover.
Terrible luck and terrible bounce on ATL's first goal. Poor Rinne had no idea what happened. Other than that, Rinne was solid. He was beat on a few shots by Kovy as he was breaking into the zone on him, but thankfully those shots went wide as Kovy had a portion of the net to shoot at.
Tootoo made a great play on our 3rd goal. Loved seeing him come out of the corner to the front of the net. I wish we would see more of this from him so that we can put him on that 2nd line instead of Ward. Then we can make our 3rd line be completely anemic on offense with Bonk-Smitty-Ward :)
Great pass by Weber on the OT goal with a great read by Suter. Suter noticed that the entire Thrashers team went off for a change and just headed up ice.
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