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Smashville Scope: January 6

Roman Josi's Record Breaking Numbers, Behind-the-Scenes at the Winter Classic, Ryan Johansen Mic'd Up and More in This Week's Scope

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Roman Josi's teammates and coaches would all tell you the same thing: The captain has been Nashville's best and most consistent player this season.

His club-leading 44 points and current 10-game point streak - the latter of which is a career-high - do plenty of talking, and his recent NHL All-Star nod shows the rest of the League has taken notice too. It's no secret the Swiss blueliner is one of the best in the world at what he does, but the numbers are still worth mentioning.

With an assist on Sunday night in Anaheim, Josi, set a Predators franchise record for consecutive games with a point by a defenseman, topping a nine-game mark set by former captain Shea Weber. That apple also helped Josi become just the eighth defenseman in the last 20 years to register a point streak of at least 10 games (the record is 15, set by Shane Gostisbehere four seasons ago).

And while we're at it, here are some other digits to make note of.

Josi reached 43 points (14g-29a) in 40 games, the most a Predators player has ever had through 40 games in franchise history. His 10-game point streak is the longest by a defenseman this season (John Carlson, nine games).

Exactly halfway through the season, Josi is one goal from matching his career high of 15, which he set in 2014-15 and tied in 2018-19. He's the only defenseman this season to lead his team in goals, assists and points, and his performance on Dec. 21 at Boston was his fourth two-goal game of 2019-20, the most among NHL defensemen. He also established a career high for multi-goal games in a season.

Video: NSH@BOS: Josi strips puck, pots second goal

Josi skated 33:08 in the Winter Classic, a career high. The total was the fourth-most time on ice by a player this season and the third-most by a player in franchise history (most: Shea Weber 34:14 on March 23, 2014, at Chicago). Josi is fourth in the NHL in average TOI this season (25:34).

Although he's currently on Injured Reserve, Josi's usual defense partner, Ryan Ellis, has factored into the torrid pace, too. Josi and Ellis are one of two teammate defensemen (Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns, San Jose) to have at least 28 points this season. Additionally, they are two of 15 NHL defensemen at the 28-point mark.

They were first and second on the team in scoring through Nashville's first 38 games this season, just the fifth time in NHL history two defensemen sat atop their team in points through 38 games - and first time since Josi and Weber did in 2015-16.

The Predators need all the points they can get with the first 41 games in the rearview, and luckily for them, their leader doesn't show any signs of slowing down.

Winter Classic Lookback:

We all know the final result at the Cotton Bowl didn't fall in the Predators' favor, but the experience of participating in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic won't be forgotten anytime soon. In case you missed any of it - or just want to relive it - take a look back at some of the top moments from the Winter Classic in both video and photo form.

Video: Go behind the scenes at the 2020 NHL Winter Classic

Video: Preds show off Winter Classic suits

Video: NSH@DAL: Stars, Predators enter the Cotton Bowl

Winter Classic Practice & Family Skate Photo Gallery

Winter Classic Game Day Photo Gallery

Preds Official Podcast: NHL Winter Classic

Year - and Decade - In Review:

Things get lost in the shuffle around the holiday season. Heck, this very feature took two weeks off to finish out 2019.

So, just in case you missed any of our looks back at the year - and decade that was - relive all the top moments once more before you officially look ahead at what's to come in 2020 and beyond.

Broadcaster Blog: A Preds Decade in Review - The 2010s

Preds Year in Review: Top 10 of 2019

Preds Official Podcast: The End of a Decade

Video: Preds 2019 Year in Review

Last Man In:

Roman Josi was all but guaranteed to represent the Predators at 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, but there's a chance another member of your favorite team could join him.

For the second-straight season, the NHL will allow fans to select four players from a list of 31 All-Star-caliber players - one from each NHL team - as part of the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In presented by adidas, and forward Matt Duchene has been named as the Predators' candidate.

The highest vote-getters by division then will be added to their respective All-Star rosters.

Preds fans may vote at NHL.com/Vote, which features interactive ballots available in eight languages - English, French, Czech, Finnish, German, Russian, Slovak and Swedish - and they're accessible anywhere in the world.

The NHL App offers fans a mobile interactive ballot that is available on most devices. Additionally, fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar.

Voting for the Last Men In in open now and closes Friday, Jan. 10, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

All-Star Ads:

Nashville's AHL affiliate in Milwaukee has been the best team in the league this season, and three of their top performers have gotten the call to the All-Star celebration.

Defenseman Alexandre Carrier, forward Yakov Trenin and goalie Connor Ingram have all been selected to represent the team at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic to be held on January 26-27 in Ontario, California.

The trio will join Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor, who was selected as one of four coaches for the event earlier this week by virtue of the Ads having the best record in the Central Division.

Admirals Update:

Speaking of the Ads, things are still going well in Milwaukee.

A back-to-back set in Cleveland to start the new year saw the Admirals collect only one out of a possible four points in the standings, but they're still atop the league with 54 points. Even with two of those three aforementioned All-Stars up with the big club, Milwaukee continues to receive contributions throughout their lineup.

Cole Schneider leads the club with 30 points, Daniel Carr has 27 and Rem Pitlick has 21 points. Carr (13), Anthony Richard (12), Pitlick (11) and Schneider (10) have all been putting the puck in the net as well. Goaltenders Connor Ingram (.929 SV%) and Troy Grosenick (.925 SV%) continue their excellent play in net.

Johansen Mic'd Up:

You know it'll be good when Ryan Johansen is wearing a microphone. Enjoy, Chief.

Video: Ryan Johansen is mic'd up

Goal of the Week:

Video: NSH@ANA: Smith buries redirection in slot for PPG

Assist of the Week:

Video: NSH@LAK: Johansen finishes off Josi's backhand feed

Save of the Week:

Video: NSH@DAL: Rinne stops shot, snags mid-air rebound

Quote of the Week:

Rocco Grimaldi on Roman Josi's assist on Ryan Johansen's goal in Los Angeles:

"Ridiculous," Grimaldi laughed. "I don't know, ridiculous That's crazy."

Shot of the Week:

…and there's more where that came from.

Coyotes vs. Preds Photo Gallery

Penguins vs. Preds Photos Gallery

Preds at Penguins Photo Gallery

Preds at Kings Photo Gallery

Preds at Ducks Photo Gallery

The Week Ahead:

Tuesday vs. Boston Bruins 7 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

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Thursday at Chicago Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

Sunday at Winnipeg Jets, 1 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

Predators Official Podcast:

The Predators take center stage at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. NHL.com columnist Nick Cotsonika joins the show to recap the event. Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis discuss how the Preds will try to replace Ryan Ellis while he misses time due to injury.

Upcoming Bridgestone Arena Events:

Looking for more than just hockey at the home of the Preds? Here's what's coming to Bridgestone Arena.

Coming Soon:

Aug. 2, 2020 - Kidz Bop Live 2020. Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m. CT.

Week in Review:

Recap: Preds Come Back to Earn Point Before Falling to Ducks in Shootout

Recap: Preds Put Forth Quality Effort, Beat Kings to Start Back-to-Back Set

With Ellis Lost to Injury, Preds Know Others Need to Step Up

Roman Josi Named NHL All-Star for Third Time

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