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By the Numbers: Preds Statistics of Note in 2014-15

by Alexis Tahara / Nashville Predators

Heading into the Nashville Predators’ second-to-last regular-season game, and final home game, let’s take a look at a few of the numbers that have been behind one of the best seasons in Predators franchise history…

1,200: (and counting) NHL games played by Matt Cullen.

Cullen crossed the 1,200 career games mark on March 3 in New Jersey and moved into the NHL’s Top 100 games played list when he played his 1,205th NHL game on March 14 in Los Angeles.

390 and 391: career wins that Peter Laviolette tallied when he won his first two games behind the Preds’ bench.

With those two wins, Laviolette passed Hall of Famer Fred Shero for 32nd on the all-time NHL win’s list as head coach.

204: (and counting) career wins by Pekka Rinne.

On March 14 in Los Angeles, Rinne made 23 saves to record his 200th career NHL victory in his 370th career NHL appearance. Rinne’s 200th win also came in Nashville’s 600th franchise victory, putting Rinne in net for one-third of all Predators franchise wins.

Nashville’s nominee for the 2015 Masterton Trophy, Rinne became the fastest (in terms of games played) goaltender to record 30 wins (39 games played) since the NHL adopted the shootout in 2005-06 and just the third goalie in the NHL’s expansion era to tally 30 wins in 39 games or less.

100: points (and counting) combined from the top defensive pairing of Shea Weber and Roman Josi.

Weber recorded 45 or more points for the fifth time in his career and, while leading one of the NHL’s youngest defensive corps (23.8 years of age), maintained spots in the Top 10 of League defensemen in average time on ice and goals.

Josi set a career high for points (15g-40a-55pts) in a season, surpassing the 40 points (13g-27a) that he posted in 2013-14 and leading Preds defensemen in the category. He also blocked 209 shots, the second most of any NHL player this season.

98: percent capacity that Bridgestone Arena was this season.

Prior to tonight’s regular-season finale, the average attendance for a hockey game at Bridgestone Arena was 16,845, a number that includes a franchise record 29 sellouts (17,113) – including a streak of 11 consecutive sellouts that is still going. On Dec. 30, 2014, 17,401 fans were in attendance to watch the Predators take on the visiting St. Louis Blues, the most people to watch a hockey at Bridgestone Arena in team history.

46: assists from Mike Ribeiro the season, a franchise record for assists by a center in a single season.

41: points (20g-21a) – a career high for Colin Wilson which surpassed his previous high of 35 points 15g-20a) set during the 2011-12 season.

32: full seasons that David Poile has worked as an NHL general manager.

Nashville’s win on Dec. 16 against Boston was the 1,171st win for Poile as an NHL General Manager, allowing him to surpass Harry Sinden for second on the NHL all-time wins list.

26: points (7g-19a) – a career high for Seth Jones, who bested the 25 points (6g-19a) he posted during his 2013-14 rookie season.

19: minutes averaged by defenseman Mattias Ekholm.

Ekholm’s 19 minutes of average time on ice in 2014-15 are more than two minutes more than he averaged during last year’s rookie season. Additionally, Ekholm has recorded 18 points (7g-11a) this season, doubling the number of points he put on the board last year (1g-8a-9pts).

10: years of Predators draft picks represented by 2014-15 Nashville blueliners.

Seven of the nine blueliners to patrol the Preds’ blue line this season were drafted by the organization. Victor Bartley and Anton Volchenkov, who are the only two defensemen from the season not drafted by the team, both joined as free agent signings. Anthony Bitetto, who played seven games as an injury call-up, was drafted by the team in 2010.

The six remaining defensemen: Shea Weber (2003), Cody Franson (2005), Roman Josi (2008), Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm (2009) and Seth Jones (2013) represent 10 years of Predators draft picks and include two first-rounders, two second-round picks, a third and a fourth rounder.

9: consecutive games that the Preds won at home from Dec. 16, 2014-Feb. 3, 2015, a franchise record.

7: games that the Preds won when Eric Nystrom scored a goal, achieving a perfect 7-0-0 record with a tally from the forward.

4: wins that that Nashville recorded on bobble head giveaway nights.

The Preds brought back bobble heads as a giveaway during the 2014-15 season, producing a six-player set that were given to fans over the course of six select nights. Including this season’s 4-2-0 record on bobble head nights, Nashville is 7-2-(2)-0 all-time with the promotion.

3: times in the past four seasons that Mike Fisher has been nominated by his teammates for the King Clancy Award (2012, 2014 and 2015).

2: goals that Filip Forsberg scored in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus.

In January, Filip Forsberg became the first Preds player to score a goal in an NHL All-Star Game. In addition to his recognition by the League and inclusion in the All-Star festivities, Forsberg earned the NHL’s Third Star of the Week honors (Nov. 16) and was named November’s Rookie of the Month.

On his way to League-wide recognition, the Ostervalla, Sweden, native set the franchise record for consecutive games with points by a rookie when he tallied 13 points (7g-6a) in seven games from Oct. 31-Nov. 13, 2014. In the midst of his seven-game point streak, Forsberg recorded goals in six-straight games.

1 goal: to bring the Stanley Cup home to Nashville.

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