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Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators at Toronto Maple Leafs


Nov 22, 2013


The best and worst from Nashville’s 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.


  • Matt Cullen’s goal and three assists gave him four points on the night, which tied his career-best.  Cullen’s other four-point night came on December 15, 2002. To give you an idea of how long that has been, Cullen and an Anaheim Ducks team that featured Dan Bylsma were playing against Mario Lemieux and the Penguins. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Phil Housley was playing that night at the United Center against the Dallas Stars. Seth Jones was eight years old. Chris Chelios was only 40…in other words, it’s been a long, long time. Cullen’s four points give him 10 on the season (4 G – 6 A) and six in his last three games.
  • Craig Smith also tied a career best, scoring three points with two goals and an assists. It was Smith’s second career two-goal game – the last came against Anaheim on November 9, 2011. In 22 games this season, Smith has 14 points (6 G – 8 A). In 44 games last season, Smith had 12. It was Smith’s second three-point game of the week.
  • Seth Jones, who was eight years old the last time Matt Cullen had a four-point game, rediscovered what the back of the net looked like. Jones scored his third career goal on Thursday night – it was over a month after he scored his second career goal against the Montreal Canadiens on October 19. Jones scored a power play goal early in the second period to tie the game up. After a couple of performances in which he looked a little green, Jones had a team-high 69.6% Corsi-For on Thursday night.
  • After his four-point night against Colorado on November 6, Colin Wilson had been held off the scoresheet. On Thursday night, Wilson broke out of the slump, assisting on Jones’ goal and on Smith’s first goal.
  • This time last week, Marek Mazanec had zero career NHL victories. Now he has three. Mazanec knocked off his third straight Original Six opponent (while wearing an AHL helmet, nonetheless) and now holds a 3-2-0 record with a .926 save percentage and a 2.37 GAA. He will have a chance to knock off a fourth on Saturday night as the New York Rangers come to Nashville.
  • Non-enforcer Gabriel Bourque picked up a point in his fourth straight game, assisting on Cullen’s goal. Bourque now has seven points (3 G – 4 A) through 19 games.
  • Kevin Klein led the Predators with six hits.
  • Going into Thursday’s game, Nashville had only beaten Jonathan Bernier one time in nine tries…now they’ve done it twice. Bernier now holds a 8-2-0 record against the Predators.
  • Nashville had four power play attempts and scored on two of them. The Predators are now seventh in the league with a 21.6% power play.
  • The Predators shut down the Leafs on both of their power play attempts. Nashville’s penalty kill is right in the middle of the league in 15th place with 82.7%.
  • Nashville’s goals per game average increase to 2.36. The Predators remain in 24th place, however.
  • The Predators earned their sixth road win of the season – that is one more road win that they had in all of last season.
  • Paul Gaustad was Jeri Ryan in the faceoff circle: seven of nine.


  • Nazem Kadri’s third period goal actually went in off of Victor Bartley.
  • With a little over two minutes left in the game, Jonathan Bernier went to the Toronto bench and Nashville faced off against the Maple Leaf’s empty net. The Predators proceeded to miss three shots on the empty net – two within 25 feet.