Oops, He Did It Again: Spaling Streak Hits 15

Nick Spaling hits Ray Emery one more time.

Nick Spaling scored in the Predators 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday. (Sarah Fuqua)

The last time that Ray Emery started in a game against the Nashville Predators was Game 6 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinal at Bridgestone Arena while he was a member of the Anaheim Ducks.

On that night, the Predators’ Nick Spaling demonized Emery, scoring two goals – including the game winner.

Tuesday night, Ray Emery made his first start at Bridgestone Arena since last year’s playoffs – this time as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.

At 17:21 of the second period, Ryan Ellis fired a slapshot from the point that was tipped into the net by none other than Nick Spaling. The Predators took a 2-1 lead.

“It is a pretty good omen,” Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said. “We have a pretty good record when Spaling scores.”

With the 3-2 victory on Tuesday night, the Predators have never lost in regulation when Nick Spaling has scored. Including playoffs, Nashville is 14-0-1 all-time when he gets at least one goal.

For Spaling, the goal ended a drought of sorts for him. His last goal and point had come exactly on January 14 – exactly one month prior. He had not found the scoresheet in any fashion in a stretch 12 games.

“Since the All Star break, he hasn’t been as strong as we needed,” Trotz said. “Hopefully that goal will get him headed in the right direction.”

GoalDateOpponentGoaltenderLocationResult
112/13/2010IslandersDwayne RolosonNashvilleWin (5-0)
2*1/2/2011Blue JacketsSteve MasonNashvilleWin (4-1)
31/11/2011WildJose TheodoreNashvilleWin (5-1)
41/11/2011WildJose TheodoreNashvilleWin (5-1)
5*2/17/2011CanucksRoberto LuongoNashvilleWin (3-1)
63/10/2011WildNiklas BackstromNashvilleWin (4-0)
73/10/2011WildNiklas BackstromNashvilleWin (4-0)
83/24/2011DucksJonas HillerNashvilleWin (5-4)
9 (PO)4/24/2011DucksRay EmeryNashvilleWin (4-2)
10 (PO)*4/24/2011DucksRay EmeryNashvilleWin (4-2)
11*10/27/2011LightningMathieu GaronNashvilleWin (5-3)
1211/19/2011Blue JacketsCurtis SanfordNashvilleOTL (4-3)
13*11/28/2011OilersNikolai KhabibulinEdmontonWin (2-1)
1412/10/2011DucksDan EllisNashvilleWin (3-2)
1512/22/2011Blue JacketsCurtis SanfordNashvilleWin (6-5)
161/10/2012AvalancheSemyon VarlamovDenverWin (4-1)
17*1/14/2012FlyersIlya BryzgalovNashvilleWin (4-2)
182/14/2012BlackhawksRay EmeryNashvilleWin (3-2)

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A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Patten Fuqua is the managing editor of PuckScene.com. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Belmont University in Journalism and Broadcasting.