6:30 p.m. CST TV: NBC Sports Network (no local TV). Preds Radio Network (102.5-FM The Game)
The Nashville Predators are playing as well as any team in the NHL, winning eight of their last nine games, and head into the biggest stage (Madison Square Gardens) in the nation's biggest city to play the original six, New York Rangers on national television. Both teams have excellent goaltending, good defense, score by committee and are well coached. You can't ask for a better match-up.
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Western Conference Standings...
Team GP Pts
1. * St Louis 45 60
2. * Vancouver 46 59
3. * San Jose 42 55
4. Chicago 46 60
5. Detroit 45 59
6. Nashville 45 56
7. Los Angeles 46 53
8. Minnesota 45 51
9. Colorado 47 50
10. Dallas 44 49
11. Phoenix 46 49
12. Calgary 46 47
This is the only meeting of the season between the Preds and Rangers. Last season the Predators lost to the blue shirts 2-1 as Henrick Lundqvist beat Pekka Rinne in a classic goalie match where the Preds actually outplayed the Rangers. The Predators are 7-7 (1)-1 all-time against the Rangers and are 5-2-(1)-0 at MSG and have gotten points in their last six trips to play the Rangers dating back to Dec 23, 2000 when David Legwand made history with the first overtime penalty shot in NHL history.
Last Time Out...
Nashville avoided a trap yesterday on Long Island and scored three quick goals in the first period and held on for a 3-1 win against the Islanders.
The Rangers lost 4-1 at Montreal on Sunday with Henrik Lundqvist in net.
Top Scorers (G-A-Pts)...
Nashville - S. Weber (9-23-32), M. Erat (10-20-30), D. Legwand (13-15-28), C.Smith (9-17-26), R. Suter (5-20-25) C. Wilson (8-16-24) S. Kostitsyn (11-12-23) and M. Fisher (8-15-23)
Rangers - M. Gaborick (23-12-35), B. Richards (15-16-31), R. Callahan (14-17-31), D, Stepan (10-20-30), M. Del Zotto (5-18-23), A. Anismov (7-15-22), and B. Dubinsky (5-16-21).
In Goal (W-L-O, GAA, save %)...
Nashville - P. Rinne (24-11-4, 2.50, .922) and A. Lindback (2-4-0, 2.75, .893)
Rangers - H. Lundqvist (19-9-4, 1.95, .935) and M Biron (9-2-0, 1.88, .927)
|Power Play (rank)||21.4 (3)||14.5 (23)|
|Penalty Kill (rank)||82.5 (16)||86.5 (5)|
|Goals For (rank)||2.71 (12)||2.79 (11)|
|Goals Allowed (rank)||2.64 (12)||2.02 (3)|
|Shots For (rank)||27.6 (27)||28.0 (24)|
|Shots Allowed (rank)||31.3 (24)||29.3 (10)|
|Penalty Mins (rank)||10.1 (7)||9.7 (4)|
|Faceoff % (rank)||49.6 (19)||50.1 (13)|
Nashville - Jerred Smithson (lower body), Craig Smith (illness), Ryan Suter (upper body).
Rangers - Michael Sauer (concussion), Steve Eminger (shoulder), Jeff Woywitka (foot), Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder) and Ruslan Fedotenko (back spasms)
- Nashville is 6-2-2 against the Eastern Conference this season.
- The Predators are 17-2-3 when scoring first, sixth in the NHL
- The Predators are 21-2-2 when scoring more than two goals.
- The Predators are 13-0-1 when Nick Spaling scores. He set a career high for points in a season (7g-8a-15pts) on Saturday with his game winner.
- Colin Wilson and Nick Spaling lead the team in GWG with three each.
- Tonight's game is back end of the 6th of 11 back to back games this season. They are 4-2-0 record on the front end and 2-3-0 on the back end.
- The Preds have comeback from a 2 or 3 goal deficits 6 times this season
- The Preds have a .294 win % when trailing after two periods (5-12-0), Second only to Ottawa in the NHL
- The Preds are 0-24 during the Goo-Goo minute and will have their nest chance on Saturday against the Blackhawks.
Ryan Porth Preview - Pekka Rinne Audio Preview
Today's RLD Hockey Talk featured Kenny Albert, the voice of the Rangers and offers great insight into tonight's contest.
Big Apple Media...
New York Post
Game Notes from NHL Media Services
A Look Ahead for the Preds...
Tonight @ NY Rangers 6:30 p.m.
Thursday @Columbus 6 p.m.
Saturday Chicago Blackhawks 7 p.m.
Monday (1-23) Columbus Blue Jackets 7 p.m.
Tuesday (1-24) @ Chicago Blackhawks
1-25 to 1-30 All-Star Break
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass