2011–12 Nashville Predators season

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2011–12 Nashville Predators
Division 2nd Central
Conference 4th Western
2011–12 record 48–26–8
Home record 26–10–5
Road record 21–16–3
Goals for 231
Goals against 209
Team information
General Manager David Poile
Coach Barry Trotz
Captain Shea Weber
Alternate captains Mike Fisher
Ryan Suter
Arena Bridgestone Arena
Average attendance 16,690 (97.5%)
Team leaders
Goals Patric Hornqvist (26)
Assists Martin Erat (39)
Ryan Suter (39)
Points Martin Erat (58)
Penalties in minutes Jordin Tootoo (92)
Plus/minus Shea Weber (19)
Wins Pekka Rinne (43)
Goals against average Pekka Rinne (2.40)
<2010–11 2012–13>

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

Off-season[edit]

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[edit]

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 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[edit]

The Predators ended the 2011–12 regular season as the Western Conference's 4th seed. They defeated the #5 seed Detroit Red Wings in the first round series, 4–1. The Predators lost in the second round to the Phoenix Coyotes. During the series versus the Coyotes, Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn were suspended by the team for being seen in a bar, breaking curfew.

Standings[edit]

Central Division[6]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y - St. Louis Blues 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 109
2 Nashville Predators 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 104
3 Detroit Red Wings 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 102
4 Chicago Blackhawks 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 101
5 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 65
Western Conference[7]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Vancouver Canucks NW 82 51 22 9 43 249 198 111
2 y – St. Louis Blues CE 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 109
3 y – Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 97
4 Nashville Predators CE 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 104
5 Detroit Red Wings CE 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 102
6 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 101
7 San Jose Sharks PA 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 96
8 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 95
8.5
9 Calgary Flames NW 82 37 29 16 34 202 226 90
10 Dallas Stars PA 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 89
11 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 41 35 6 32 208 220 88
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 35 36 11 24 177 226 81
13 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 80
14 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 32 40 10 27 212 239 74
15 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 65

Divisions: CE – Central, NW – Northwest, PA – Pacific

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Won division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

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

Goaltenders[edit]

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
Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne 73 4169 43 18 8 166 2.39 2153 .923 5 0 5 0
Lindback, AndersAnders 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
Rinne, PekkaPekka 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[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Pekka Rinne[8] NHL Second Star of the Week December 19, 2011
Pekka Rinne[9] NHL Second Star of the Week January 30, 2012
Pekka Rinne[10] NHL Third Star of the Month January 2012
Martin Erat[11] NHL Third Star of the Week March 19, 2012

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

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[edit]

Updated June 2, 2012.[12]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
64 Canada Bartley, VictorVictor Bartley D L 26 2011 Ottawa, Ontario
7 United States Blum, JonathonJonathon Blum D R 25 2007 Long Beach, California
51 United States Bouillon, FrancisFrancis Bouillon D L 39 2009 New York, New York
57 Canada Bourque, GabrielGabriel Bourque LW L 24 2009 Rimouski, Quebec
Sweden Bång, DanielDaniel Bång W L 27 2012 Kista, Sweden
49 Canada Ellis, RyanRyan Ellis D R 23 2009 Hamilton, Ontario
10 Czech Republic Erat, MartinMartin Erat RW L 33 1999 Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
12 Canada Fisher, MikeMike Fisher (A) C R 34 2011 Peterborough, Ontario
28 United States Gaustad, PaulPaul Gaustad C/LW L 32 2012 Fargo, North Dakota
75 United States Gill, HalHal Gill D L 39 2012 Concord, Massachusetts
24 Canada Halischuk, MattMatt Halischuk RW R 26 2010 Toronto, Ontario
38 United States Hillen, JackJack Hillen D L 28 2011 Minnetonka, Minnesota
27 Sweden Hornqvist, PatricPatric Hornqvist RW R 27 2005 Sollentuna, Sweden
59 Switzerland Josi, RomanRoman Josi D L 24 2008 Bern, Switzerland
8 Canada Klein, KevinKevin Klein D R 29 2003 Kitchener, Ontario
46 Belarus Kostitsyn, AndreiAndrei Kostitsyn LW L 29 2012 Navapolatsk, Soviet Union
74 Belarus Kostitsyn, SergeiSergei Kostitsyn LW L 27 2010 Navapolatsk, Soviet Union
11 United States Legwand, DavidDavid Legwand C L 34 1998 Detroit, Michigan
39 Sweden Lindback, AndersAnders Lindback G L 26 2008 Gävle, Sweden
72 Canada MacLellan, JackJack MacLellan LW L 26 2012 Richmond Hill, Ontario
23 Canada McGrattan, BrianBrian McGrattan RW R 33 2011 Hamilton, Ontario
17 United States Mueller, ChrisChris Mueller C R 28 2010 West Seneca, New York
37 Canada Pickard, ChetChet Pickard G L 24 2008 Moncton, New Brunswick
47 Russia Radulov, AlexanderAlexander Radulov RW L 28 2004 Nizhny Tagil, Soviet Union
35 Finland Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne G L 31 2004 Kempele, Finland
15 United States Smith, CraigCraig Smith C R 25 2009 Madison, Wisconsin
30 United States Smith, JeremyJeremy Smith G L 25 2007 Dearborn, Michigan
13 Canada Spaling, NickNick Spaling C/LW L 26 2007 Palmerston, Ontario
20 United States Suter, RyanRyan Suter (A) D L 29 2003 Madison, Wisconsin
22 Canada Tootoo, JordinJordin Tootoo RW R 31 2001 Churchill, Manitoba
6 Canada Weber, SheaShea Weber (C) D R 29 2003 Sicamous, British Columbia
33 United States Wilson, ColinColin Wilson C L 25 2008 Greenwich, Connecticut
28 Canada Wilson, KyleKyle Wilson C R 29 2011 Oakville, Ontario
18 Canada Yip, BrandonBrandon Yip RW R 29 2012 Vancouver, British Columbia

Transactions[edit]

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