After the bump, get your daily dose of post-game potpourri from last night’s game against Detroit:
Predators Game Update (Via the Nashville Predators PR Department)
- The Predators played their ninth overtime game this season – the most in the NHL – improving to 4-5 in those games (including 2-4 in the shootout).
- For the second time in three tries this season, the Predators won on the back end of a back-to-back (previously defeating Minnesota 3-1 on Jan. 22). The team will play six more times on consecutive nights, with the next set beginning on Friday night against Vancouver.
- The Predators were awarded six powerplay opportunities, equaling the most the they’ve had in a game this season (Jan. 21 and Feb. 9). On the other side of the books, Nashville allowed only a pair of powerplays to the Red Wings, marking the third game in a row in which they’ve given up only two man-advantage opportunities.
- The Preds’ PP unit was successful for the third time in four games. Eight different skaters have now scored on the powerplay for Nashville.
- Nashville improved to 4-1-3 at Bridgestone Arena, and has gone 3-0-1 in the last four games at home.
- Nashville improved to 3-0-1 when leading after two periods, and 6-3-3 when being outshot. The team also scored first for the 11th time in 2012-13, earning a point in each of those games (6-0-5).
- The Predators blocked 15 shots on the night, bringing the team’s season total to 269, tied with Colorado for the top spot in the NHL.
- With the game-winning overtime goal to go along with an assist, Shea Weber has now scored six points (3g-3a) over his last four games, including back-to-back multi-point games. The Predators’ captain has now scored goals in three straight games for the first time in his career after beginning the season without a goal in his first 14 games.
- Like Weber, Colin Wilson has also recorded back-to-back multi-point games (2a tonight). Wilson now has seven points (2g-5a) in his last five contests, extending his career-high points streak. Thirteen of Wilson’s points – and all four of his multi-point games – have come in the month of February.
- Craig Smith’s powerplay marker was his first goal of the season and first since the 2011-12 season finale. He now has points in consecutive games.
- Roman Josi also scored his first goal of the season and, like Smith, he last scored in the 2011-12 season finale. Josi lead all Predators in ice time, skating for 23:55, marking only the second time in 17 games that Weber has not lead the team.
- Scott Hannan’s assist on the Bourque goal was his first point in a Predators uniform.
- Sergei Kostitsyn extended his points streak to three games (1g-3a).
Attendance: 17,113 (21st consecutive sellout)
Three Stars: 1) S. Weber 2) P. Datsyuk 3) G. Bourque
STAT LEADERS FOR THE PREDATORS AS OF FEBRUARY 20, 2013
Goals – Colin Wilson (5)
Assists – Colin Wilson (9)
Points – Colin Wilson (14)
Plus/Minus – Sergei Kostitsyn/Gabriel Bourque (T – +6)
Penalty Minutes – Richard Clune (33)
Powerplay Points – Ryan Ellis (2)
Game-winning Goals – Gabriel Bourque (2)
Shooting Percentage – Gabriel Bourque (26.7%)
Wins – Pekka Rinne (7)
GAA – Pekka Rinne (1.67)
Save Percentage – Pekka Rinne (.935)
Shutouts – Pekka Rinne (3)