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This Week in Preds History: (Oct 25 - Nov 1)

by Kevin Wilson / Nashville Predators

Enjoy this look back at what happened during this week in seasons past of the Nashville Predators:

October 25, 2005: Preds win eighth-straight game to open 2005-06 season:

After the NHL lockout year of 2004-05, Nashville returned to the ice in the fall of 2005 with a vengeance. The Preds won their first eight games of the season, claimed points in nine straight and posted an overall record of 8-1-1 in October, 2005. Not only was the eight-game run a franchise record for the longest winning streak, it tied the Predators for the third-best start in NHL history (at that time), behind only the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres.

"The guys are playing with a lot of confidence,” Scott Hartnell said in the midst of the winning streak. “Everyone is doing their best every night to keep the streak alive."

The stretch included three shootout victories against Western Conference foes Anaheim, [Arizona] and St. Louis, and three additional one-goal wins against San Jose (twice) and Colorado. The Predators were most clutch during crunch time, outscoring their opponent 11-4 in the third period.

"We are getting big goals when we need them, and are doing just enough to win," former Head Coach Barry Trotz said. "We have gotten great goaltending, and really good performances from a lot of the straight-line gritty guys."

October 25, 2007 – Dan Ellis records a shutout in his first start for the Predators:

After going more than three years between NHL starts, Dan Ellis was spectacular in goal against the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets) in his first start for the Predators on Oct. 25, 2007 at Bridgestone Arena. Ellis’ last start came in a Dallas Stars uniform on February 18, 2004 in a win over the Los Angeles Kings. Three years later, in just his fourth NHL appearance since then, Ellis stopped all 20 shots he faced and led the Predators to a 3-0 win. Ellis went on to win his first six decisions as a Predator and emerged as the team's go-to goalie as the club made its fourth-consecutive playoff appearance in 2008.

The win not only snapped a six-game losing skid, but sent the Predators on a streak which saw them go 8-1-1 in their next 10 games. The Predators offense aided Ellis with an evenly distributed attack scoring a goal in each period. Jerred Smithson’s first period goal ended a two-game scoreless streak for the team.

October 30, 2003: Fight night in Music City:

In their first meeting of the 2003-04 season, then Central Division rivals Nashville and Detroit were poised to send a message to the other. After eight goals and 210 penalty minutes (a Nashville franchise record for combined PIM), the Predators came out victorious, 5-3.

Detroit’s Darren McCarty and Nashville’s Jeremy Stevenson danced just 23 seconds into the match, and the fists didn’t stop flying until 32 ticks before the final buzzer. In that span, 46 penalties were handed out, included 18 fighting majors and eight, 10-minute misconducts.

The night was a memorable one for Nashville’s Adam Hall, who tangled with both future Hall-of-Famers Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan in the third period. Hard-nosed agitators Kirk Maltby (Detroit) and Scott Walker (Nashville) posted two more chapters in their rivalry, while McCarty and Nashville’s Jamie Allison ended the night with an incredible rock ‘em, sock ‘em slugfest.

Meanwhile, on the real score card, Greg Johnson paced the victorious home team with a pair of goals in the second period, while David Legwand tallied the game-winner at 14:35 of the third.

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