|61||NASHVILLE||+110||Ov 5,-125||+110||Ov 5,-125|
|62||MINNESOTA||-130||Un 5,+105||-130||Un 5,+105|
|Last 5 Games||0-2-0||-2.7||0-2||-2.7||1-1||2.5||29.0||3.5||33.5|
|Team Stats (All Games)||2||5||4||1||0||0||0||58||8.6%||7||3||42.9%||10|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||2||5||4||1||0||0||0||58||8.6%||7||3||42.9%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||7||3||1||1||2||2||67||10.4%||4||2||50.0%||10|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||3||1||1||2||2||67||10.4%||4||2||50.0%||10|
|CHRIS MASON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHRIS MASON (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHRIS MASON (Last 4 Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||2||2||67||62||92.5%||0||0-2||-2.7||0-2-0||-3||1-1|
|PEKKA RINNE (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||2||2||67||62||92.5%||0||0-2||-2.7||0-2-0||-3||1-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-0-0||+2||2-0||+2||1-1||2.5||33.5||1.0||25.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-0-0||+2||2-0||+2||1-1||2.5||33.5||1.0||25.5|
|Team Stats (All Games)||2||5||1||3||1||0||0||67||7.5%||10||2||20.0%||10|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2||5||1||3||1||0||0||67||7.5%||10||2||20.0%||10|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||2||5||1||3||1||0||0||67||7.5%||10||2||20.0%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||2||1||0||1||0||0||51||3.9%||7||0||0.0%||4|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||2||1||0||1||0||0||51||3.9%||7||0||0.0%||4|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||2||1||0||1||0||0||51||3.9%||7||0||0.0%||4|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||1||1||27||25||92.6%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||1||1||27||25||92.6%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||1||1||27||25||92.6%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NASHVILLE 3.49, MINNESOTA 2.68|
|1/19/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -170||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|1/24/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|1/26/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|1/28/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|1/31/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/2/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|1/19/2013||COLORADO||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||DALLAS||1-0||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||U|
|1/25/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|1/27/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|2/1/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
LAST SEASON: 48-26-8, 104 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-1 in Western semifinals.
COACH: Barry Trotz, 14th season, all with Predators, 503-424-60.
ADDED: D Scott Hannan, G Chris Mason. Re-signed forwards Mike Fisher, Sergei Kostitsyn, Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad to multi-year deals along with D Hal Gill and Kevin Klein.
LOST: D Ryan Suter, F Jordin Tootoo, D Francis Bouillon, F Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn.
PLAYER TO WATCH: D Roman Josi. The Predators will start pairing the 22-year-old defenseman with captain Shea Weber trying to replace Suter, who averaged a team-high 26 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time per game last season. Josi averaged 18:23 with the Predators going 34-15-3 with him in the lineup last season and 14-11-5 without him.
OUTLOOK: With Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne now signed through the next six years, the Predators believe that core and youth has them primed to build on consecutive trips to the Western Conference semifinals and get them to the Stanley Cup.
LAST SEASON: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NASHVILLE-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Predators-Wild Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Nashville (0-0-2) at Minnesota (2-0-0), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Led by star newcomers Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Minnesota Wild are looking to complete a perfect season-opening homestand and continue their best start in four years.
To do so, they'll have to knock off Suter's former team, the Nashville Predators, who begin their road schedule Tuesday night trying to shake off back-to-back shootout losses.
Minnesota (2-0-0) is enjoying its best start since beginning 4-0-0 in 2008-09, but it has dropped six of its last seven meetings with Nashville, including two shootout defeats last season.
After Suter inked a 13-year, $98 million contract with Minnesota in July - the same terms as Parise - Tuesday will mark the first time he's skated against the Predators.
Suter, who led Nashville in ice time last season and totaled 236 points in his seven campaigns with the club, has yet to register a point with the Wild, though he has blocked seven shots through two games. The Madison, Wis., native made the move to Minnesota in part to be closer to family.
Parise, who is from Minnesota, has made an instant impact for the Wild, picking up two assists in a 4-2 season-opening win against Colorado on Saturday before scoring his first goal in a 1-0 win over Dallas on Sunday.
"It felt good to get one and get one early in the season," said Parise, who scored 31 goals for New Jersey last season and eight more in the playoffs. "You don't want to have that dragging over you."
The Wild were also bolstered by backup goaltender Josh Harding's seventh career shutout as he made his first start since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last summer.
"I can't say enough and I can't thank them enough for how good the team has been from the top down," Harding said. "I'm not just talking about the players. I'm talking about management, I'm talking about everybody. ... This is a family and I can't say enough about each and every guy in here."
Niklas Backstrom may be back in net against Nashville (0-0-2), which followed a 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus on Saturday with a 4-3 defeat in the same fashion Monday against St. Louis. Things won't get any easier as the Predators begin their longest road trip of the season, a seven-game trek that includes five contests against playoff teams from last year.
"We haven't been beaten in a game," coach Barry Trotz said. "We've been beaten in, a little bit you could say, a skills competition. But at the same time, it's huge, especially the extra points, I mean, in the league right now. If you can get them in a shootout, let's take them."
Despite the loss of Suter, the Predators' power play looks solid so far, converting 3 of 7 chances. Suter had a team-high 25 power-play points as Nashville led the league last season converting 21.6 percent.
Trotz said center Paul Gaustad is questionable for Tuesday's game after he was scratched against St. Louis with an upper-body injury.
Minnesota's Dany Heatley, who had two goals in the season opener and assisted on Parise's goal Sunday, has 23 points in 17 career games against Nashville, including nine on the power play. He scored at least one goal in each of his four games against the Predators last season as the Wild went 1-1-2.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 11:36:50 AM EST|