By Amanda DiPaolo
Nashville Predators 27-17-7
Philadelphia Flyers 33-13-5
The Nashville Predators will try to avoid losing their fourth straight game when they face the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on Thursday night. Both teams lost on Tuesday, Nashville 3-2 in a shootout against the Flames and the Flyers were shutout 4-0 by Tampa Bay. Nashville’s all-time record against the Flyers is 5-5-(3)-0.
Special teams key
No team has scored more goals than the Flyers, so special teams will be key if Nashville is going to come out on top. Penalty killers will need to play more disciplined and stay out of the box. On Tuesday, Nick Spaling was called for three minor penalties and Jerred Smithson added another. Nashville gave up five power play opportunities to Calgary and killed them all off.
The Predators will need to remain perfect on Thursday night. Philadelphia only ranks in the middle of the pack, tied for 18th, on the power play, connecting 17% of the time, but Nashville will need to stay disciplined as to not give the Flyers any additional help offensively. Nashville’s record is just 2-6-3 when the team is shorthanded five times or more. When keeping the opposition’s power-play opportunities to four-or-less, the Predators are 25-11-4.
Nashville’s power play looked good on Tuesday night and the Predators did score on the man advantage against the Flames. The Predators are ranked 27th in the League on the power play and are ranked third on the penalty kill.
If Nashville can keep out of the box and maintain some momentum from Tuesday night’s power play, the Predators will position themselves to pick up the two points. There are only four teams that take more penalties than the Flyers.
Player to watchWhen Sergei Kostitsyn assisted on both of Nashville’s goals Tuesday night he set a career high in points with 28, 12 goals and 16 assists in 47 games. His previous career high of nine goals and 27 assists was achieved his in rookie campaign with the Montreal Canadiens. Kostitysn has one goal and four assists in his last five games.
After the game
Fox Sports has announced a new special that spotlights the top ten best moments in Predators history. The debut of the program is Thursday night after the Predators vs. Flyers game.
The 30-minute feature looks at spectacular come from behind victories, record breaking plays among other issues. The show is hosted by FOX Sports Tennessee Predators’ play-by-play announcer Pete Weber and analyst Terry Crisp.
If you can’t watch the special on Thursday night, additional airings have been scheduled for February 6 at 5 p.m., February 9 at 9 p.m., and February 15 at 10 p.m.
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