After the bump, get your daily dose of post-game potpourri from last night’s game against Vancouver:
Predators Game Update (Via the Nashville Predators PR Department)
By allowing only one goal, Nashville saw its goals-against average drop to 1.94 per game.
The Predators’ penalty killing unit has allowed only one goal in the last 20 opportunities afforded to the opposition, improving to 85.5% on the season, and 92.0% at Bridgestone Arena.
Nashville was called for only two minor penalties, and have afforded the opposition only a pair of power-play opportunities in each of the last four games. The Predators are the second-least penalized team in the NHL, averaging only 10.1 PIM/game.
The Predators lost for the first time when being tied 0-0 after two periods (record now 3-1-0) in 2012-13.
The three shots by the Canucks in the first period were the fewest allowed by Nashville in a period this season (tied; also on Feb. 12 at San Jose, 3rd per.).
Five of the six Predators defensemen recorded a blocked shot on the night. Nashville is third in the NHL in the category (287 in 18 games) and has three players in the Top 25 overall (Hannan – 37, Klein – 36, Weber – 35), and Mike Fisher leading all forwards (27).
After allowing only one goal to Vancouver, Pekka Rinne has recorded a 1.15 GAA, .956 save percentage, and three shutouts in February 2013. To date in his career, February has been Rinne’s strongest month, with a 1.81 GAA, .937 save percentage, and 10 shutouts in 59 games played.
Rinne is now second behind only Ilya Bryzgalov for most minutes played by a goaltender this season (955:00).
Patric Hornqvist recorded four shots on goal, bringing his total to 20 since his return from injury on Feb. 18. The Swede is third on the team in shots (36) despite missing 10 games.
Shea Weber led the Predators in ice time (25:27) for the 16th time in 18 games, and is ranked seventh in the NHL in the category.
Nick Spaling went 7-of-12 in the faceoff circle. In his past seven games, he’s won 55.4% of his draws.
Attendance: 17,113 (22nd consecutive sellout)
Three Stars: 1) R. Luongo 2) D. Weise 3) P. Rinne
STAT LEADERS FOR THE PREDATORS AS OF FEBRUARY 23, 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)