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NHL Preview: Nashville Predators (26-22-1) at Ottawa Senators (18-25-2)

NASHVILLE PREDATORS NOTES:

ALL-TIME vs. OTTAWA

OVERALL (33 GP) 18-11-(0)-4

HOME (16 GP) 10-5-(0)-1

ROAD (17 GP) 8-6-(0)-3

LAST MEETING Jan. 9, 2023 at OTT (W, 3-0)

PLAYOFFS Never Met

− The Predators are 18-11-(0)-4 all-time against the Senators, including an 8-6-(0)-3 record on the road. − This is the first of two matchups between Nashville and Ottawa in 2023-24; it is the first and only at Canadian Tire Centre. − Nashville went 1-1-0 against Ottawa last season, earning a 3-0 win in the most recent meeting on Jan. 9, 2023 on the road that saw Juuse Saros record a 38-save shutout. − The Predators are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Senators; they are 6-1-3 in their last 10; and 2-0-3 in their last five on the road. − Nashville has lost just once in regulation to Ottawa since Nov. 20, 2014, going 10-1-3. The Predators enter Monday’s meeting on a seven-game road point streak against the Senators (4-0-3). − The Predators have scored at least three goals (including SO winners) in 14 consecutive games against the Senators.

NOTABLES vs. OTTAWA − Roman Josi posted a five-game point streak (4g-4a) against Ottawa from Feb. 8, 2018-Jan. 19, 2019. He’s tallied 18 points (6g-12a) in 19 career meetings with the Senators, including three points (3a) on April 7, 2022. − Ryan O’Reilly is averaging more than a point per game in his career vs. the Senators, recording 25 points (8g-17a) in 23 contests. He has six points (1g-5a) in his last three games against Ottawa. − Juuse Saros is 4-1-3 with a 2.32 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and one shutout in eight career appearances against Ottawa. − Alexandre Carrier (2012-16) and Yakov Trenin (2014-17) both spent time in the QMJHL playing for nearby Gatineau. − Pro Development Coach Mark Borowiecki played in 375 games for the Senators from 2012-20, recording 51 points (15g36a) and 647 penalty minutes.

SINCE MID-NOVEMBER − The Predators are 21-12-1 in their last 34 games. Since Nov. 18, the Predators are tied for sixth in the NHL in points with 43 (21-12-1). − Nashville recorded a six-game win streak from Nov. 18-28. It was Nashville’s first six-game win streak since claiming seven in a row from Dec. 4-17, 2021. The franchise record is 10 games, set from Feb. 19-March 8, 2018; the Predators also won eight in a row from Oct. 5-25, 2005. − The Predators are 11-4-1 away from home since Nov. 24, the second-most road points in the NHL in that span (23).

QUICK HITS − Nashville’s forward line of Forsberg-O’Reilly-Nyquist is eighth in the NHL in expected goal percentage (at least 320 minutes together at 5-on-5) at 55.4 percent per MoneyPuck.com. − The Predators have three defensive pairs (who have spent at least 190 minutes together at 5-on-5) in the Top 35 in expected goals percentage, per MoneyPuck.com: McDonagh-Carrier (fourth, 59.2 percent); Josi-Fabbro (tied for 21st, 55.2 percent); and Josi-McDonagh (tied for 32nd, 54.3 percent). − The Predators are tied for 14th in the NHL in power-play goals with 33. Nashville has scored multiple power-play goals in the same game six times this season; the Predators did so nine times in 2022-23. − Ten players 25-years-old or younger have played in a game for Nashville in 2023-24: Yaroslav Askarov, Marc Del Gaizo, Luke Evangelista, Dante Fabbro, Samuel Fagemo, Liam Foudy, Cody Glass, Juuso Parssinen, Spencer Stastney and Philip Tomasino. − Nashville leads the NHL in hits per 60 minutes (23.1) and hits (1,139). − The Predators have scored the first goal of a game 25 times (18-7-0), tied for the 10th-most in the NHL. − Nashville’s 13 wins in one-goal games are tied for the third-most in the NHL.

OTTAWA SENATORS NOTES:

OTTAWA vs. NASHVILLE – History: 2023-24 (0-0-0): Jan. 29 @ Ottawa, Feb. 27 @ Nashville 2022-23 (1-1-0): 12/10/22 @ Nashville (3-2 win), 1/9/23 @ Ottawa (3-0 loss) Series record: Overall: 15-15-0-3, Home: 9-5-0-3, Away: 6-10-0-0 Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 12/19/19 (5-4 OT); @ Nashville: 12/10/22 (3-2) Last Nashville win: @ Ottawa: 1/9/23 (3-0); @ Nashville: 3/29/22 (4-1) Last OT result: 12/19/19 (5-4 OT win) @ Ottawa Last shootout: 10/17/15 (4-3 SO loss) @ Ottawa Most goals, game: Scored: 5, (4x, Last: 12/19/19, 5-4 OT win); Allowed: 7, (11/10/15, 7-5 loss); Both teams: 12, (11/10/15, 7-5 loss) Last Game: 1/9/23, 3-0 loss @ Ottawa; OTT Goals: None; NSH Goals: Josi, Lauzon, Forsberg; OTT Scratches: None; OTT Injuries: Chartier, Joseph, Motte, Norris, Zaitsev; OTT Goalie: Talbot; NSH Goalie: Saros; OTT PP: 0-5; NSH PP: 0-5; Shots: 38-36. Career vs. Nashville: Tarasenko leads all players in career games played (40), in goals (16), in assists (21) and in points (37); Giroux leads in penalty minutes (18) against Nashville.

HOME ON THE RANGE: Ottawa has posted a record of 12-12-2 at home this season … Brady Tkachuk paces the club with 14 goals at home … Tim Stützle maintains the assist lead with 21 when the Senators have served as the home team … Tkachuk (14 goals, 13 assists) also maintains the team’s home scoring lead with 27 points when the team has last change this season … The Senators earned a record of 24-14- 3 at home in 2022-23.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: The Senators will play back-to-back games on 14 occasions in 2023-24. The sixth set is scheduled to begin on Feb. 19 in Tampa and ahead of the team’s trip to South Florida the next night … The Senators played 12 back-to-back sets last season and earned a record of 7-5-0 in the first half of contests on consecutive nights (2-2-1 this season) while posting an 6-5-1 record (3-2-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 27-for-166 (16.3%) on the power play in 2023-24 … Brady Tkachuk and Josh Norris are tied for the team lead with five power-play goals each this season … Tim Stützle maintains the power-play assist lead with nine … Drake Batherson and Jakob Chychrun (who have registered three goals, eight assists each) share the team lead with 11 points respectively on the power play … Ottawa has tallied multiple power-play goals in an individual contest on four occasions this season after having done so 18 times in 2022-23 … The Senators were 72-for-306 (23.5%) on the power play in 2022-23.

ON THE PENALTY KILL: Ottawa has allowed 39 power-play goals while having overcome 109 of 148 shorthanded situations for an efficiency rating of 73.6% this season … Parker Kelly’s first two career shorthanded markers were the team’s first two shorthanded tallies of 2023-24. Ridly Greig’s first increased the team’s current total to three. It notched nine SHG in both of the past two seasons.

VLAD AND THE PREDS: Senators’ forward Vladimir Tarasenko has recorded eight points in his last 10 games and will be poised for an offensive push tonight against the Predators, the team against which he has recorded the most points in his NHL career. Tarasenko has registered 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) against the Predators over his first 40 games versus Nashville. Tied for sixth among active NHL players (with Edmonton’s Corey Perry) in points against the Predators, Tarasenko is only two points behind Leon Draisaitl who holds the fifth position. Among all-time NHL skaters, he is tied for 28th with Brendan Shanahan, Corey Perry, Tomas Holmstrom, and Andy McDonald.

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