NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 28th
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (10-9-2) at Atlanta Thrashers (8-11-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators will try for their first win in
Atlanta in nearly nine years tonight, when they visit the Thrashers and
The Predators have not picked up a win at Philips Arena since December 6,
1999, their first-ever visit to the venue. Nashville has gone 0-2-1 with a tie
in its last four contests there and is one of only two teams in the NHL to
have never beaten the Thrashers in regulation at Philips Arena.
Nashville did end a three-game series losing streak to the Thrashers a year
ago, notching a 3-0 home victory. Dan Ellis picked up his first-career shutout
in what as his Predators debut on October 25, 2007.
Ellis has come a long way since, getting credited with his seventh career
shutout in Tuesday's 1-0 shootout setback to the St. Louis Blues. Ellis made
17 saves in the game's first 65 minutes, but was beaten by David Perron and
Brad Boyes in the shootout.
Nashville failed to solve its former netminder Chris Mason, who stopped all 47
shots he faced in beating his old club. Both goaltenders earned their first
shutouts of the season.
The Predators, who outshot the Blues by a franchise-record 30 shots, have
killed off 16 consecutive opponent power plays.
Nashville could be without Vernon Fiddler for tonight's game, as he is day-to-
day due to illness. The Predators also made a trade on Thursday, getting Wade
Belak from Florida for center Nick Tarnasky. The 32-year-old Belak had zero
points and 25 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Panthers.
Nashville has own four of its last five on the road and is 5-7-1 as the
visiting club this season.
Atlanta, meanwhile, has dropped two straight at home and four of its last five
overall. The club was in Washington on Wednesday and left town with a 5-3
Bryan Little and Slava Kozlov each had a power-play goal for Atlanta, with
Little now having 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) over his last 12 contests.
Ondrej Pavelec allowed all five goals on 33 shots in defeat, and Nathan
Oystrick posted his first-ever NHL goal..
Todd White and Ilya Kovalchuk were each credited with two assists each in the
Atlanta is 5-5-0 at home this season and hosts the Blues on Sunday.
11/28 10:52:17 ET