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01-13-2009, 05:59 AM
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Nashville Predators (19-20-3, 41pts, 4th Central, 13th West)

About Nashville
Last Game: Last Game: Chicago 3 vs. Nashville 1
Last Ten Games: 3-7-0
Away Record: 7-13-2
OT/Shootout Record: 5-3
Record vs. Toronto: 0-0-0
Goals For: 104
Goals Against: 121
Power Play Ranking: 13.3%, 28th
Away Power Play Ranking: 12.5%, 28th
Penalty Kill Ranking: 84.0%, 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: Legwand (2g+1a)/Scott Nichol (0g+3a)
Shots: Weber, 132
Shooting Percentage: Martin Erat, 14.5%
Plus-Minus: Greg Zanon, +6
Penalty Minutes: Jordin Tootoo, 76
Hits: Weber, 91
Blocked Shots: Zanon, 121
Giveaways: Dumont, 30
Takeaways: Dan Hamhuis, 34
Turnover Differential: Joel Ward, +19
Faceoffs Won: Arnott, 278-247
Faceoff Percentage: Radek Bonk, 61.9%
Time On Ice: Weber/Ryan Suter, 23:35
Wins: Dan Ellis, 10-15-3
Minutes Played: Ellis, 1654
Goals Against Average: Pekka Rinne, 2.31
Save Percentage: Rinne, .918
Shutouts: Rinne, 3

Nashville Fun Fact: Defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber are tied at 23:35 of TOI per game coming into today's games. They are one of only six pairs of active players to have precisely identical TOI per game, one of only three defense pairings to achieve the feat, two with more than 20 minutes per game, and the only ones who lead their team in TOI.

Nashville Player to Watch: Steve Sullivan, a former Maple Leaf himself during the club's big 1998-99 renaissance (the last season of Maple Leaf Gardens), has 12 points in 13 career games against his former club.

Nashville Reason to Worry: The Predators are 6th in the league in times shorthanded (200), and 4th in times shorthanded on the road (111, behind Philadelphia, Washington, and Vancouver).

Nashville Injury Report
Jason Arnott (Upper Body, Questionable)
Scott Nichol (Concussion, Out)
Greg De Vries (Flu, Doubtful)

Nashville Projected Lineup
Sullivan-Legwand-Erat
Jones-Santorelli-Dumont
Smithson-Bonk-Ward
Pihlström-Fiddler-Belak

Weber-Suter
Hamhuis-Zanon
Koistinen-Klein

Rinne



Toronto Maple Leafs (16-20-6, 38pts, 4th Northeast, 11th East)

About Toronto
Last Game: Philadelphia 4 vs.Toronto 1
Last Ten Games: 3-7-0
Home Record: 8-8-4
OT/Shootout Record: 3-6
Record vs. Nashville: 0-0-0
Goals For: 124
Goals Against: 152
Power Play Ranking: 19.9%, 12th
Home Power Play Ranking: 18.6%, 15th
Penalty Kill Ranking: 73.0%, 30th
Home Penalty Ranking: 71.2%, 29th

Toronto Team Leaders
Goals: Alexei Ponikarovsky, 14
Assists: Tomas Kaberle, 23
Points: Nik Antropov, 33 (13g+20a)
Power Play Goals: Matt Stajan/Pavel Kubina, 5
Power Play Scoring: Kaberle, 17 (2g+15a)
Short-Handed Goals: Jason Blake, 1
Shots: Blake, 128
Shooting Percentage: Mikhail Grabovski, 18.5%
Plus-Minus: Ian White, +6
Penalty Minutes: Andre Deveaux, 75
Hits: Luke Schenn, 93
Blocked Shots: Jeff Finger, 85
Giveaways: Grabovski, 43
Takeaways: Grabovski, 35
Turnover Differential: Blake, +6
Faceoffs Won: Dominic Moore, 350-285 (remember him?)
Faceoff Percentage: Moore, 55.1%
Time On Ice: Kaberle, 23:55
Wins: Vesa Toskala, 14-15-5
Minutes Played: Toskala, 2045
Goals Against Average: Toskala, 3.34
Save Percentage: Toskala, .882
Shutouts: Toskala, 1

Toronto Fun Fact: The Maple Leafs are one of two teams with a .500 record at home (the other is Pittsburgh), and one of only five teams with a .500 or worse record at home (TOR, PIT, Atlanta, NY Islanders, Tampa Bay).

Toronto Player to Watch: Mississauga native Matt Stajan has 8 points in his last 6 games.

Toronto Reason to Worry: Two words: penalty kill.

Toronto Injuries
Jeff Finger (Upper Body, DTD)
Mike Van Ryn (Concussion, Out)
Jeremy Williams (Shoulder, Out)

Toronto Projected Lineup
Ponikarovsky-Stajan-Antropov
Hagman-Mtichell-May
Blake-Moore-Stempniak
Deveaux-Mayers-Hollweg

Kaberle-Kubina
Schenn-Finger
White-Frögren

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So we know Sully is coming back or he is just projected to? Didn't someone say Arnott might be ready for todays game?

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01-13-2009, 11:09 AM
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So we know Sully is coming back or he is just projected to? Didn't someone say Arnott might be ready for todays game?
I believe Peterson said most likely it would be Thursday against the Havenots

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hmm..I cant bet big on my vBookie if Arnott is going to be out of the lineup.

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Arnott isn't playing today, but Sullivan is.

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I'm guessing that this is on tsn. Am I right?

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I'm guessing that this is on tsn. Am I right?
No, but I thought since we're playing Toronto, that the Toronto Sports Network's theme for hockey games would be a fitting introduction.

Glennon says Arnott and De Vries are out and Rinne will get the start. (Link.)

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Damn, I wonder how bad we'll be without Arnott.

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Damn, I wonder how bad we'll be without Arnott.
see: last game.

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Well crap. No Arnott probably means 1-2 goals max unless Sullivan and Leggy put some goals in or the Jones/Santorelli connection finds life.

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Damn, I wonder how bad we'll be without Arnott.
Well, we have Sullivan in the lineup in place of Tootoo, so we should at least be passable in the offensive end. That, plus we're playing the worst defensive team in hockey.

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So Leggy's back at center, I wonder if he'll play better then last time he was at center.

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Hopefully Belak tosses the mitts once or twice in his return to Toronto. Everybody still loves him here.

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Hopefully Belak tosses the mitts once or twice in his return to Toronto. Everybody still loves him here.
Im sure he is a great guy, but I havent seen much yet to warrant the kind of fame that I've read about regarding Belak.



You really hate to see Legwand back at center but then again you really hate seeing Fiddler and Bonk take his place on the top lines.

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also,/Ron Wilson must go down.

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We need to start winning games against teams we can beat on the road. This would be a good start.

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Good luck tonight, guys, hoping Belak wipes the floor with Deveaux in a scrap, and maybe pops in a goal [...or at least has a scoring chance] to show the Leafs brass what we're missing

I'll be wearing my Steve Sullivan Preds jersey - first time I'll be able to do that while he actually plays a game! I got it the day after he went down with that back injury and it's been collecting mothballs in my closet since.

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Toronto Marlboros, Pete?

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Must I repeat myself over and over ... Must stay out of the box

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Man, Sully had a great chance.

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that was old school Steve Sullivan ... far side PP Goal

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Welcome back, Sully! I'll make sure I see the replays. What a comeback.

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