October 13, 2008: Nashville 3 @ Chicago 2 (SO) - A pair of defensemen (Shea Weber and Kevin Klein) netted goals and Rich Peverley finished things off in the shootout to get the Preds over .500 for the first time this season.
January 10, 2009: Nashville 4 vs. Chicago 1 - David Legwand nets a pair of goals and Pekka Rinne stops 34 shots as the Preds celebrate Steve Sullivan's return with a win in Nashville.
Last Game: Last Game: Nashville 4 vs. Chicago 1
Last Ten Games: 4-6-0
Away Record: 7-12-2
OT/Shootout Record: 5-3
Record vs. Chicago: 2-0-0
Goals For: 103
Goals Against: 118
Power Play Ranking: 13.4%, 28th
Away Power Play Ranking: 12.8%, 28th
Penalty Kill Ranking: 85.5%, 6th
Away Penalty Kill Ranking: 81.1%, 15th
Nashville Team Leaders
Goals: Jason Arnott, 15
Assists: Jean-Pierre Dumont, 26
Points: Dumont, 33 (7g+26a)
Power Play Goals: Arnott/Shea Weber, 5
Power Play Scoring: Dumont, 12 (1g+11a)
Short-Handed Goals: David Legwand, 2
Short-Handed Scoring: Scott Nichol(0g+3a)/David Legwand (2g+1a)
Shots: Weber, 129
Shooting Percentage: Martin Erat, 13.7%
Plus-Minus: Weber, +7
Penalty Minutes: Jordin Tootoo, 74
Hits: Weber, 91
Blocked Shots: Zanon, 117
Giveaways: Dumont, 30
Takeaways: Dan Hamhuis, 34
Turnover Differential: Joel Ward, +19
Faceoffs Won: Arnott, 278-247
Faceoff Percentage: Radek Bonk, 62.3%
Time On Ice: Weber, 23:36
Wins: Dan Ellis, 10-14-3
Minutes Played: Ellis, 1595
Goals Against Average: Pekka Rinne, 2.31
Save Percentage: Rinne, .918
Shutouts: Rinne, 3
Nashville Fun Fact: After scoring ten goals in six games, the Predators have tallied nine goals in their last two, with a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh and a 4-1 win over Chicago.
Nashville Player to Watch: David Legwand has four points in his last two games since being moved to the left wing.
Nashville Reason to Worry: The Preds will likely be without the services of Jason Arnott tonight, and will also be without Steve Sullivan, as he recovers from his first game back in 22-ish months.
Nashville Injury Report
Jason Arnott (Lower Body, Doubtful)
Ryan Jones (Flu-Like Symptoms, Probable)
Greg De Vries (Flu-Like Symptoms, Doubtful)
Last Game: Nashville 4 vs. Chicago 1
Last Ten Games: 6-4-0
Home Record: 12-2-4
OT/Shootout Record: 4-7
Record vs. Nashville: 0-1-1
Goals For: 140
Goals Against: 102
Power Play Ranking: 22.7%, 5th
Home Power Play Ranking: 23.7%, 6th
Penalty Kill Ranking: 83.7%, 7th
Home Penalty Kill Ranking: 82.5%, 17th
Chicago Team Leaders
Goals: Patrck Sharp, 20
Assists: Patrick Kane, 26
Points: Kane, 42 (16g+26a)
Power Play Goals: Kane, 8
Power Play Scoring:
Short-Handed Goals: Kris Versteeg, 2
Shots: Sharp, 121
Shooting Percentage: Versteeg, 18.3%
Plus-Minus: Duncan Keith, +21
Penalty Minutes: Ben Eager, 76
Hits: Brent Seabrook, 102
Blocked Shots: Seabrook, 56
Giveaways: Matt Walker, 21
Takeaways: Keith, 29
Turnover Differential: Andrew Ladd, +20
Faceoffs Won: Jonathan Toews, 323-293
Faceoff Percentage: Toews, 52.4%
Time On Ice: Keith, 26:01
Wins: Nikolai Khabibulin, 12-3-4
Minutes Played: Khabibulin, 1214
Goals Against Average: Khabibulin, 2.37
Save Percentage: Khabibulin, .925
Shutouts: Cristobal Huet, 2
Chicago Fun Fact: Tonight the Blackhawks are celebrating the 75th anniversary of their first-ever Stanley Cup championship, in 1934. Harold March, Jr, son of Harold "Mush" March (who scored the Cup-clinching goal) will drop the ceremonial opening face-off.
Chicago Player to Watch: Tough guy Ben Eager has three points in five games since the advent of 2009, including an assist last night.
Chicago Reason to Worry: Since Patrick Kane's return to the lineup, the Blackhawks have scored just two goals in two games.
Brent Sopel (Undisclosed, Out)
Chicago Projected Lineup
I thought of the game frequently earlier in the day and then completely forgot to listen when it was actually on. Grrr.
I'm glad to hear that Ellis got the start. When I read that Rinne was going in a back to back I didn't like it. I like Rinne, but felt that it would be rough for Ellis to get pulled like he did and then not even get to play the second game of a back to back. It's good to keep both goalies competing to stay sharp.
I hope this Leggy on the wing thing lasts a long time. We just don't have enough skilled wingers to play with him and let him be a playmaker from center, and he's not the sort of center who can create his own goals. Yet our maybe less skilled but "steady" type centers can at least control the puck long enough to let him get into a scoring position. I have no idea where or how he played Sunday, but I see he did assist on the goal. I was worried that maybe from the wing we'd lose some of his defensive ability since I thought he'd tend to be deeper in the zone before we lost the puck, but instead it seems to have energized him and he still seems to be able to harass and create turnovers.