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Examining the Nashville Predators Numbers

Thursday, 09.20.2007 / 4:18 PM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


 

NHL.com's 2007-08 Predators Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster



Advantage Margin:
+21
Like most teams, the Preds had much better advantage numbers at home (+23) than on the road (-2). The difference came in advantages at home: The Predators had 219 power plays at the Sommet Center, just 189 on the road.

Even-Strength Goals Margin: +37
The Preds tied for the most goals in the Western Conference, although David Legwand was tops on the team with just 27 — 23 (and 50 points) at even strength. No Predator with 13 or more points had a minus rating. 

Special Teams Goal Margin: +22
Nashville will miss Scott Hartnell (10 PPGs, two behind team leader Jason Arnott). The penalty-killers were third in the League at 85.8 percent, and while the power-play unit wasn’t prolific, the Preds gave up just two shorthanded goals, the fewest in the League.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 110
(2nd West / 3rd NHL)
Change From 2005-06 +4
Home Points 61
(4th West / 4th NHL)
Road Points 49
(2nd West / 5th NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 53
Shea Weber (17 goals) is a budding All-Star. With Kimmo Timonen (13-42-55) dealt to Philadelphia, Marek Zidlicky (4-26-30) will be counted upon for more offense, especially on the power play.

Goals by forwards: 213
Hartnell and Paul Kariya (24-52-76) are gone, but the Preds still have plenty of skill up front. Alexander Radulov (18-19-37 as a rookie) is being counted on to fill in some of the missing offense, especially with speedster Steve Sullivan (22-38-60 in 57 games) set to miss the early part of the season with a back problem.

Overtime Record: 9-3-5 (OT: 3-3, SO: 6-5)
The Preds will miss Kariya (7-for-11) in shootouts, but new No. 1 goalie Chris Mason outperformed Tomas Vokoun (traded to Florida), going 4-2 with a .700 save percentage to Vokoun’s 2-3 and .588 percentage.

Times Scored First/Record: 52 (Record: 38-10-4)
The Predators were the runaway leaders in getting on the scoreboard first, though they got a lot more out of the home games in which they opened the scoring. Nashville was 23-3-2 when scoring first at home, 15-7-2 on the road.

Best 06-07 Number: 20
Wins by the Predators on Saturdays, the most wins by any team on any day of the week. Nashville played every available Saturday and went 20-5-2 in 27 games.

Worst 06-07 Number: 14.3
Nashville’s power-play percentage on the road. The Predators were 23rd in the League and managed just 26 power-play goals away from the Sommet Center.

Scheduling:
The Predators have a bookend schedule: They play four of their first five games at home and four of the last five on the road. They have a 10-of-13 stretch at the Sommet Center from Jan. 31 to Feb.23, followed by a season-long six-game trip.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Predators Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

 

 

Quote of the Day

It's always a little bit weird, but it moves on. They've got a good team, and they played well tonight. I think that's just part of it.

— Peter Laviolette after coaching Predators to a win against Flyers on Saturday in his first game against his former team