2011-12 Nashville Predators Season
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2011%E2%80%9312 Nashville Predators Season

2011-12 Nashville Predators
Division2nd Central
Conference4th Western
2011-12 record48-26-8
Home record26-10-5
Road record21-16-3
Goals for231
Goals against209
Team information
General managerDavid Poile
CoachBarry Trotz
CaptainShea Weber
Alternate captainsMike Fisher
Ryan Suter
ArenaBridgestone Arena
Average attendance16,690 (97.5%)
Team leaders
GoalsPatric Hornqvist (27)
AssistsMartin Erat (39)
Ryan Suter (39)
PointsMartin Erat (58)
Penalty minutesJordin Tootoo (92)
Plus/minusShea Weber (19)
WinsPekka Rinne (43)
Goals against averagePekka Rinne (2.40)

The 2011-12 Nashville Predators season was the club's 14th season in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Off-season

On June 22, 2011, the Predators revealed a new team logo, secondary logo and wordmarks.[1] The Predators new away jerseys were unveiled at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and their new home jerseys were unveiled at an event on July 13.

Regular season

In November 2011, it was announced that W. Brett Wilson had purchased a 5% interest in the Nashville Predators.[2]

The Predators were involved in some controversy when it was announced that Alexander Radulov would make his return to the Predators after leaving for the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2008. Radulov, still in his final year of his entry-level contract with the Predators, did not need to clear waivers to return to the Predators.[3][4]

The Predators finished the season with the league's best power-play percentage at 21.60% (54 for 250).[5]

Playoffs

The Predators ended the 2011-12 regular season as the Western Conference's fourth seed. They defeated the fifth-seeded Detroit Red Wings in the first round series, 4-1. The Predators lost in the second round to the Phoenix Coyotes. During the series against the Coyotes, Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn were suspended by the team for being seen in a bar, breaking curfew.

Standings

Central Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – St. Louis Blues 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 +45 109
2 x – Nashville Predators 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 +27 104
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 +45 102
4 x – Chicago Blackhawks 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 +10 101
5 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 −60 65
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division
Western Conference
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 NW p – Vancouver Canucks 82 51 22 9 43 249 198 +51 111
2 CE y – St. Louis Blues 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 +45 109
3 PA y – Phoenix Coyotes 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 +12 97
4 CE x – Nashville Predators 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 +27 104
5 CE x – Detroit Red Wings 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 +45 102
6 CE x – Chicago Blackhawks 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 +10 101
7 PA x – San Jose Sharks 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 +18 96
8 PA x – Los Angeles Kings 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 +15 95
9 NW Calgary Flames 82 37 29 16 34 202 226 −24 90
10 PA Dallas Stars 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 −11 89
11 NW Colorado Avalanche 82 41 35 6 32 208 220 −12 88
12 NW Minnesota Wild 82 35 36 11 24 177 226 −49 81
13 PA Anaheim Ducks 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 −27 80
14 NW Edmonton Oilers 82 32 40 10 27 212 239 −27 74
15 CE Columbus Blue Jackets 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 −60 65
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division

Schedule and results

Pre-season

Regular season

Playoffs

Player statistics

Skaters

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Goaltenders

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Pekka Rinne 73 4169 43 18 8 166 2.39 2153 .923 5 0 5 0
Anders Lindback 16 792 5 8 0 32 2.42 364 .912 0 0 1 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Pekka Rinne 10 609 5 5 21 2.07 296 .929 1 0 0 2

+Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Predators. Stats reflect time with the Predators only.
?Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and records

Awards

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Pekka Rinne[6] NHL Second Star of the Week December 19, 2011
Pekka Rinne[7] NHL Second Star of the Week January 30, 2012
Pekka Rinne[8] NHL Third Star of the Month January 2012
Martin Erat[9] NHL Third Star of the Week March 19, 2012

Records

Milestones

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Craig Smith 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
October 7, 2011
Craig Smith 1st Career NHL Assist October 8, 2011
Mattias Ekholm 1st Career NHL Game October 13, 2011
Pekka Rinne 100th Career NHL Win October 29, 2011
Ryan Thang 1st Career NHL Game October 31, 2011
Francis Bouillon 100th Career NHL Assist November 5, 2011
Patric Hornqvist 200th Career NHL Game November 8, 2011
Ryan Suter 200th Career NHL Point November 8, 2011
Nashville Predators franchise 1,000th NHL Game November 12, 2011
Jordin Tootoo 100th Career NHL Point November 22, 2011
Roman Josi 1st Career NHL Game November 26, 2011
Pekka Rinne 200th Career NHL Game December 1, 2011
Roman Josi 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
December 3, 2011
Jerred Smithson 500th Career NHL Game December 3, 2011
Jack Hillen 200th Career NHL Game December 6, 2011
Brian McGrattan 200th Career NHL Game December 8, 2011
Roman Josi 1st Career NHL Goal December 10, 2011
Ryan Ellis 1st Career NHL Game December 26, 2011
David Legwand 800th Career NHL Game December 26, 2011
Gabriel Bourque 1st Career NHL Game December 28, 2011
Ryan Suter 500th Career NHL Game December 28, 2011
Gabriel Bourque 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
January 5, 2012
Ryan Ellis 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
January 7, 2012
Mike Fisher 200th Career NHL Assist January 7, 2012
Gabriel Bourque 1st Career NHL Assist January 10, 2012
Matt Halischuk 100th Career NHL Game February 4, 2012
David Legwand 300th Career NHL Assist February 14, 2012
Andrei Kostitsyn 100th Career NHL Goal March 3, 2012
Mike Fisher 400th Career NHL Point March 6, 2012
Martin Erat 300th Career NHL Assist March 18, 2012
Kevin Klein 300th Career NHL Game March 20, 2012
Sergei Kostitsyn 300th Career NHL Game March 22, 2012
Alexander Radulov 100th Career NHL Point March 30, 2012
David Legwand 500th Career NHL Point March 31, 2012
Ryan Suter 200th Career NHL Assist March 31, 2012
Pekka Rinne 25th Career NHL Shutout April 5, 2012

Final roster

Updated June 2, 2012.[10]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
64 Canada Victor Bartley D L 33 2011 Ottawa, Ontario
7 United States Jonathon Blum D R 32 2007 Long Beach, California
51 United States Francis Bouillon D L 45 2009 New York, New York
57 Canada Gabriel Bourque LW L 30 2009 Rimouski, Quebec
Sweden Daniel Bang W L 34 2012 Kista, Sweden
49 Canada Ryan Ellis D R 30 2009 Hamilton, Ontario
10 Czech Republic Martin Erat RW L 39 1999 T?ebí?, Czechoslovakia
12 Canada Mike Fisher (A) C R 41 2011 Peterborough, Ontario
28 United States Paul Gaustad C/LW L 39 2012 Fargo, North Dakota
75 United States Hal Gill D L 46 2012 Concord, Massachusetts
24 Canada Matthew Halischuk RW R 33 2010 Toronto, Ontario
38 United States Jack Hillen D L 35 2011 Minnetonka, Minnesota
27 Sweden Patric Hornqvist RW R 34 2005 Sollentuna, Sweden
59 Switzerland Roman Josi D L 31 2008 Bern, Switzerland
8 Canada Kevin Klein D R 36 2003 Kitchener, Ontario
46 Belarus Andrei Kostitsyn LW L 36 2012 Navapolatsk, Soviet Union
74 Belarus Sergei Kostitsyn LW L 34 2010 Navapolatsk, Soviet Union
11 United States David Legwand C L 40 1998 Detroit, Michigan
39 Sweden Anders Lindback G L 33 2008 Gävle, Sweden
72 Canada Jack MacLellan LW L 33 2012 Richmond Hill, Ontario
23 Canada Brian McGrattan RW R 39 2011 Hamilton, Ontario
17 United States Chris Mueller C R 35 2010 West Seneca, New York
37 Canada Chet Pickard G L 31 2008 Moncton, New Brunswick
47 Russia Alexander Radulov RW L 35 2004 Nizhny Tagil, Soviet Union
35 Finland Pekka Rinne G L 38 2004 Kempele, Finland
15 United States Craig Smith C R 31 2009 Madison, Wisconsin
30 United States Jeremy Smith G L 32 2007 Dearborn, Michigan
13 Canada Nick Spaling C/LW L 32 2007 Palmerston, Ontario
20 United States Ryan Suter (A) D L 36 2003 Madison, Wisconsin
22 Canada Jordin Tootoo RW R 38 2001 Churchill, Manitoba
6 Canada Shea Weber (C) D R 35 2003 Sicamous, British Columbia
33 United States Colin Wilson C L 31 2008 Greenwich, Connecticut
28 Canada Kyle Wilson C R 36 2011 Oakville, Ontario
18 Canada Brandon Yip RW R 36 2012 Vancouver, British Columbia

Transactions

The Predators have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011-12 season.


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