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11-12-2013, 09:59 AM
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jwhouk
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We may see franchise history made tonight.

If the Predators fail to score in the first 15:01 of the game, the shutout streak will jump to the 10th longest in franchise history.

Going scoreless through two periods will put the Preds in elite company, as it will be only the fifth time Nashville has gone 160 or more minutes without a goal.

The top four times include:
  • A 161:02 shutout streak from November 20 through 26th, in the year 2000. After scoring a goal just before the 10 minute mark of the 2nd against Detroit, the Preds were shut down the rest of the game - and then shutout by Dallas, Saint Louis, and (for the first 10:58) against Carolina.
  • A 164:45 shutout streak, courtesy of Mike Smith and the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2012 Western Conference Semis; the irony, of course, is that the first game was a shutout win by Pekka Rinne.
  • A 166:44 streak from December 4-10, 2000 (a few short days after that first one we mentioned). The Preds scored with 1:35 left in the 2nd against Vancouver, and were shut down the rest of the game, and against Edmonton and Calgary, and didn't score again until 5:15 was gone in the 2nd against Minnesota.
  • A 174:27 streak that actually spanned two seasons; the first half was the last two and a half games of the 2003 season, for a stretch of 149:09; it wasn't until the 5:30 mark of the 2nd period when Andreas Johansson broke the scoring drought.
The actual longest amount of time between goals, however, will (hopefully) never be duplicated:the Predators went 80:38 to end the 2004 playoffs against Detroit - and didn't score another goal until 8:40 in the first period of their game on October 5, 2005, 538 days later. If you have to ask what happened in-between those two goals, you obviously didn't live through it.

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