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Last Week: 21
Why They’re Here: Nashville played only twice last week.
It posted a 3-0 first period lead over Phoenix but let it slip away; the Coyotes were able to score four times on the 16 shots the Predators allowed in the final two frames (Nashville had 27 shots of its own in that span and outshot Phoenix 40-25 on the night). The game ended in a shootout win for the Coyotes.
Saturday's game again featured a Predators lead (3-1 at the midpoint of the game), but unlike in Phoenix, Nashville a) got heavily outshot the rest of the way and b) won the game. Carter Hutton redeemed himself with 35 saves on 38 shots against and Nashville got away with a 4-3 win.
By The Numbers: Sometimes the margin of victory in the NHL can be pretty narrow, and the Predators illustrate that as well as anybody. Last season, the team went 7-7-9 in one-goal games, a 0.304 win percentage that ranked them 29th in the NHL. This season, the club is fourth with a 0.750 win percentage and a 6-0-2 record.