Originally posted on PredsOnTheGlass  |  Last updated 1/14/12

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Stage Setter...

After surviving an ongoing dog fight in the Western Conference and winning 12 of their last 16 games, the Predators beginning a three game set in four days against Eastern teams starting with tonight's contest with the Flyers.

Make the jump for everything else...

Western Conference Standings...

        Team        GP Pts
1. * Vancouver 45 59
2. * Chicago      44 57
3. * San Jose  40 53
4. St Louis 43 56
5. Detroit            43 55
6. Nashville 43 52
7. Los Angeles    44 50
8. Minnesota       44 50
9. Dallas              42 49
10. Colorado       45 48
11. Phoenix         45 47
12. Calgary          45 47

Prior Meetings...

This is the first meeting between the Predators and Flyers this year. They will play again in Philadelphia on February 2. Last season, they met in Philadelphia and the Flyers scored with less than four minutes left to beat the Preds 3-2. Nashville is 5-6-(3)-0 all time against the Flyers and 2-2-2 on home ice.

Last Time Out...

Nashville beat Colorado 3-2 in overtime at the Bridgestone on Thursday night.

Philadelphia won at the Islanders 3-2 also on Thursday.

Top Scorers (G-A-Pts)...

Nashville - S. Weber (9-22-31), D. Legwand (12-15-27), M. Erat (9-18-27), C.Smith (9-17-26),  R. Suter (5-20-25) and C. Wilson (8-15-23)

Philadelphia - C. Giroux (18-31-49), S. Hartnell (19-19-38), J. Jagr (12-20-32), D. Briere (13-16-29), M. Read (13-13-26), J. Voracek (6-20-26), K. Timonen (1-25-26)

In Goal (W-L-O, GAA, save %)...

Nashville - P. Rinne (probable start) (22-11-4, 2.55, .919) and A. Lindback (2-4-0, 2.75, .893)

Philadelphia - S. Bobrovsky (probable start) (10-3-1, 2.42,.921) and I. Bryzgalov (16-9-3, 3.07,.891)

Other Comparisons...

Teams        Predators     Flyers         Record24-15-4 (52) 26-12-4 (56) Last 107-3-06-4-0Home Record 13-7-310-6-2Road Record11-8-116-6-2Power Play (rank)21.3 (2)19.2 (7)Penalty Kill (rank)81.9 (20)82.6 (13)Goals For (rank)2.67 (14)3.38 (2)Goals Allowed (rank)   2.70 (13)2.90 (23)Shots For (rank)27.6 (27)32.1 (6)Shots Allowed (rank)31.0 (21)29.2 (8)Penalty Mins (rank)10.3 (8)15.7 (29)Faceoff % (rank)49.5 (20)47.4 (27)

Nashville - Jerred Smithson (lower body)

Philadelphia - James van Riemsdyk (concussion), Erik Gustafsson (wrist), Chris Pronger (concussion), Blair Betts (lower body) and Ian LaPerriere (concussion).

  • The Preds have comeback from a 2 or 3 goal deficits 6 times this season
  • Thursday's comeback was the fifth since December 1 on a Thursday
  • The Predators are 19-2-2 when scoring more than two goals.
  • The Preds have a .294 win % when trailing after two periods (5-12-0), Second only to Ottawa in the NHL
  • Rinne is (1-1-0, 3.26, .901) in his career against the Flyers.
  • The Predators are 12-0-1 when Nick Spaling scores.
  • The Preds are 0-23 during the Goo-Goo minute.
Other Predator Previews...

The Tennessean
Ryan Porth  Preview - Audio Marty Erat Previews Game
SmashvilleOnTheGlass w/ Sarah Baicker from CSN Philly
Amanda DiPaolo
Robby Stanley
Patten Fuqua
Dirk Hoag
Fang Finger

Philadelphia Media...

Russ Cohen
Broad Street Hockey
Philly Burbs
Courrier Post
CSN Philly

Game Notes from NHL Media Services

A Look Ahead for the Preds...

Tonight                    Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Sunday                    Flight to Long Island
Monday                  @ NY Islanders (noon start)
Tuesday                  @ NY Rangers 6:30 p.m.
Thursday (1-19)      @Columbus 6 p.m.
Saturday (1-21)      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

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