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Predatorial Pregame Warmup: November 21, 2013


Nov 21, 2013

Written by: Patten Fuqua


Last updated: November 21, 2013 at 9:20 am


Nashville Predators (10-9-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (13-7-1)
Gametime: 6:00pm CT / 7:00pm ET
Television: SportSouth
Radio: 102.5 The Game



Nashville Predators - Pekka Rinne (hip), Filip Forsberg (lower body - day-to-day), Eric Nystrom (upper body - day-to-day)

Toronto Maple Leafs - Dave Bolland (severed tendon), Tyler Bozak (hamstring), Phil Kessel (flu)

Projected Goaltending Matchup

Marek Mazanec, 2-2-0, 1 SO, 0.927Sv%, 2.45 GAA


Jonathan Bernier, 8-5-1, 1 SO, 0.939Sv%, 2.05 GAA

Keep an eye on...

Nashville Predators -

Shea Weber – Shea Weber is currently tied as the Predators’ leading goal scorer with six goals on the season.

On Tuesday, Weber scored his 302nd career point to become Nashville’s all-time leading defenseman, passing Kimmo Timonen.

His six goals so far this season rank second in the NHL among defensemen, while his five power play goals rank first among defensemen and third overall.

Toronto Maple Leafs -

Jonathan Bernier – Jonathan Bernier has only won 37 NHL games in his career. Eight of those – or only slightly less than a quarter – have been against the Nashville Predators.

In nine career games against the Predators with the Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs, Bernier holds an 8-1-0 record with a 1.67 GAA and a .941 save percentage. He also has two shutouts – most recently on October 10 this season.

The only time that the Predators ever solved Bernier was on January 6, 2011, when they earned a 5-2 win in the Staples Center.

The sort of dominance that Bernier holds over the Predators is almost unprecedented in this era of hockey.

Main Storylines

Nashville Predators -

Nashville recently averted falling into a deep spiral with two very convincing victories. On Sunday, the Predators put up seven goals in a 7-2 win over the Blackhawks, while on Tuesday night, they stifled the Red Wings offense, winning 2-0.

Prior to those two wins, Nashville ran through a four-game losing streak in which they were outscored 17-2.

The Predators have played 13 of their 21 games so far on the road – Thursday night will be their 14th. So far, the team has a record of 5-7-1 on the road.

Prior to the four-game losing streak on the last road trip, Nashville’s record on the road was 4-3-1.

Toronto Maple Leafs -

Toronto has lost only one of their last nine home games.

The Leafs currently sit in third place in the Atlantic Division, only two points out of the top spot.

While scoring 2.86 goals per game, the Leafs have only allowed 2.29 goals per game, ranking the team in the top 10 in both categories.

Toronto’s power play ranks second in the NHL with a 24.3% conversion percentage.

Last time out...

Jonathan Bernier absolutely stifled Nashville’s shooters, stopping 36 shots while backing his way to a 4-0 Maple Leafs victory on October 10.

Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul provided the offense for the Leafs. Kessel and Bozak will not be in the lineup on Thursday night.

Pekka Rinne saved 22 of 26 shots in the loss.

One interesting fact...

Nashville is playing the final game in a stretch where they have played 10 games in 10 different arenas.


Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua