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.”
|1||12/13/2010||Islanders||Dwayne Roloson||Nashville||Win (5-0)|
|2*||1/2/2011||Blue Jackets||Steve Mason||Nashville||Win (4-1)|
|3||1/11/2011||Wild||Jose Theodore||Nashville||Win (5-1)|
|4||1/11/2011||Wild||Jose Theodore||Nashville||Win (5-1)|
|5*||2/17/2011||Canucks||Roberto Luongo||Nashville||Win (3-1)|
|6||3/10/2011||Wild||Niklas Backstrom||Nashville||Win (4-0)|
|7||3/10/2011||Wild||Niklas Backstrom||Nashville||Win (4-0)|
|8||3/24/2011||Ducks||Jonas Hiller||Nashville||Win (5-4)|
|9 (PO)||4/24/2011||Ducks||Ray Emery||Nashville||Win (4-2)|
|10 (PO)*||4/24/2011||Ducks||Ray Emery||Nashville||Win (4-2)|
|11*||10/27/2011||Lightning||Mathieu Garon||Nashville||Win (5-3)|
|12||11/19/2011||Blue Jackets||Curtis Sanford||Nashville||OTL (4-3)|
|13*||11/28/2011||Oilers||Nikolai Khabibulin||Edmonton||Win (2-1)|
|14||12/10/2011||Ducks||Dan Ellis||Nashville||Win (3-2)|
|15||12/22/2011||Blue Jackets||Curtis Sanford||Nashville||Win (6-5)|
|16||1/10/2012||Avalanche||Semyon Varlamov||Denver||Win (4-1)|
|17*||1/14/2012||Flyers||Ilya Bryzgalov||Nashville||Win (4-2)|
|18||2/14/2012||Blackhawks||Ray Emery||Nashville||Win (3-2)|