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Devils 2010-2011 Schedule Preview – Nashville Predators

Throughout the offseason, The Devils’ Den will preview the Devils 2010-2011 schedule, giving you an in-depth preview of the 29 other teams the Devils will face next season. We’ve already completed several previews, all of which can be found under the “Season Preview” tab. In today’s preview, we go to the Western Conference, taking a look at this season’s matchup with the Nashville Predators.

Pekka Rinne makes a stop against Zach Parise in a game at the Prudential Center on February 12. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Predators vs. Devils – Historical Data

In 15 all-time regular season meetings, the Devils are 9-4-0-2 against the Predators. The Devils average 3.07 goals against Nashville and allow the Predators to score 2.40 goals per meeting. In two meetings last year, the Devils went 1-0-1 against the Predators.

The Predators won the first meeting, 3-2, in a shootout on November 19. Jason Arnott began the scoring, giving the Predators a lead, 1-0, at 4:44 of the first period. Zach Parise tied the game, 1-1, with an even strength goal at 8:35 of the period. Arnott and Parise would continue the scoring in the third period. Arnott once again put the Predators ahead, 2-1, with a powerplay goal at 1:09 of the third period. Parise once again tied the game, scoring at 4:39 to tie the game, 2-2. The teams would remain scoreless through overtime and would head  to the shootout.

Mike Santorelli struck first, putting the Predators ahead after the first round of the shootout. Travis Zajac tied the shootout round, 1-1, as the first shooter of the third round. Martin Erat scored the game-winning goal, beating Martin Brodeur as the second shooter in the third round for the victory.

The Devils won the second matchup, 5-2, at the Prudential Center. Zajac began the scoring, putting the Devils ahead, 1-0, with an even-strength goal at 9:49 of the first period. Cal O’Reilly evened the score, pulling the Predators into a 1-1 tie at 18:30 of the period. The teams would continue to trade goals in the second period. Jordin Tootoo put Nashville ahead, 2-1, 46 seconds into the second period. Patrik Elias tied the game, 2-2, with an even strength tally at 2:30 of the period.

The Devils would pull away for the win in the third period. Ilya Kovalchuk put the Devils ahead, 3-2, with an even-strength goal at 8:24 of the period. Parise would extend the lead, putting the Devils ahead, 4-2, with a powerplay goal at 13:08 of the period. Jamie Langenbrunner put the nail in the coffin, pushing the lead to 5-2 with an empty-net goal at 19:18 of the period.

Devils vs. Predators – This Season’s Matchup

The Devils and Predators face off once this season, on December 17 at the Prudential Center. The Predators made several moves this offseason, trading notable players like Arnott and Dan Ellis. The team reacquired defenseman Ryan Parent, who was originally drafted by the Predators. Sergei Kostitsyn, who seemed to be under constant scrutiny in Montreal, came to Nashville in the trade for Ellis.

Despite losing some big-name players, Nashville still remains a bubble team in the Western Conference. They have forward depth, and the play of Shea Webber leads an underrated defensive unit. The Predators continue to churn out quality talent in net, and Pekka Rinne is no different. It’ll be interesting to see Arnott against his old team, but other than that, this will be one of those oddball Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference matchups.

Stat Pack

In 11 career games against the Devils, Arnott had 10 points (six goals, four assists) but was a -7…In 11 career starts against the Predators, Brodeur is 6-4-1 with a 2.50 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.

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