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11/21/08: Nashville @ Tampa Bay

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Nashville Predators (9-8-1, 19pts 3rd Central, 9th West)

Nashville Team Leaders
Goals: Shea Weber, Jason Arnott, 8
Assists: Jean-Pierre Dumont, 16
Points: Dumont, 20
Power Play Goals: Arnott, 4
Power Play Scoring: Dumont, 8 (1g+7a)
Short-Handed Goals: Four tied with 1
Short-Handed Scoring: Three tied with 2
Shots: Weber, 58
Shooting Percentage: Arnott, 22.9%
Plus-Minus: Weber, +8
Penalty Minutes: Jordin Tootoo, 41
Giveaways: Dumont, 16
Takeaways: Dan Hamhuis, 14
Turnover Differential: Tootoo, +6
Faceoffs Won: Radek Bonk, 114-74
Faceoff Percentage: Radek Bonk, 60.6%
Time On Ice: Weber, 24:13
Wins: Dan Ellis, 7-8-1
Minutes Played: Ellis, 937
Goals Against Average: Ellis, 3.07
Save Percentage: Ellis, .895
Shutouts: None Recorded

Nashville Fun Fact: The Predators' defensemen have accounted for nearly 30% of the team's goal total. Shea Weber has eight, Ryan Suter and Ville Koistinen each have two, and Dan Hamhuis, Greg De Vries, Kevin Klein and Greg Zanon all have one.

Nashville Player to Watch: Radek Bonk!






No, seriously. Bonk is the only Predator to ever record a hat trick against the Bolts (1/4/2001), and has 34 points (13g-21a) in 43 games lifetime against Tampa Bay, and has three points in his last four games.

Nashville Reason to Worry: The Predators have not beaten the Lightning in Tampa Bay since March 24, 1999.

Nashville Injury Report
Greg De Vries (Broken Nose, Questionable)

Nashville Projected Lineup
Erat-Legwand-Dumont
Fiddler-Arnott-Ward
Smithson-Bonk-Tootoo
Peverley-Nichol-Tarnasky

Weber-Suter
Hamhuis-Klein
Koistinen-Zanon

Ellis


Tampa Bay Lightning (5-7-6, 16 pts, 4th Southeast, 13th East)

Tampa Bay Team Leaders
Goals: Vincent Lecavalier, 7
Assists: Martin St. Louis, Mark Recchi, 9
Points: St. Louis, Lecavalier, 13
Power Play Goals: Lecavalier, 4
Short-Handed Goals: None Recorded
Shots: Lecavalier, 74
Shooting Percentage: Jussi Jokinen, 20.0%
Plus-Minus: Vaclav Prospal, +6
Penalty Minutes: Ryan Malone, 29
Hits: Evgeny Artyukhin, 42
Blocked Shots: Mike Lundin, 37
Giveaways: Lecavalier, 18
Takeaways: Prospal, 16
Turnover Differential: Prospal, +7
Faceoffs Won: Lecavalier, 145-154
Faceoff Percentage: Chris Gratton, 62.2%
Time On Ice: Paul Ranger, 24:37
Wins: Mike Smith, 4-4-5
Minutes Played: Smith, 809
Goals Against Average: Smith, 2.45
Save Percentage: Smith, .929
Shutouts: Smith, 1

Tampa Bay Fun Fact: The Bolts have a knack for taking games into extra frames. Tampa Bay have had eight overtime or shootout contests to this point, and are 2-6 in said contests.

Tampa Bay Player to Watch: Defenseman Steve Eminger has four points in his last two games. (I know, right?)

Tampa Bay Reason to Worry: With the wheels having absolutely fallen off in November, it's hard to find something NOT to worry about for this team.

Tampa Bay Injuries
Gary Roberts (Upper Body, DTD)
Ryan Malone (Leg, Probable)

Tampa Bay Projected Lineup
Stamkos-Lecavalier-St. Louis
Malone-Jokinen-Recchi
Pettinger-Prospal-Vrbata
Artyukhin-Gratton-Hall

Ranger-Meszaros
Eminger-Krajicek
Lundin-Malik

Smith

Media Coverage: The game will be televised on SunSports and broadcast on AM 620 WDAE "The Sports Animal" in Tampa (Dave Mishkin and Phil Esposito with the call on the radio). The game will be covered on FSN-South and broadcast on 104.5 "The Zone" in Nashville (Weber and Crisp on TV, Callahan on radio).

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