It’s time for your Preds and Flyers LEFTGOVERS…

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LEFTOVER THOUGHTS:

* Saturday night was just the second time Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonenhave been back in Music City since being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in June of 2007.
* Timonen served as either an alternate captain or team captain from 2002-2007.
* Hartnell was the Predators’ first round pick in 2000 (#6 overall) and was the only Nashville draft pick ever to go straight from the draft to the NHL, bypassing the AHL (and further years in junior) all together.
Chris Mueller, who leads the AHL-affiliate Milwaukee Admirals in scoring, was recalled before Saturday night’s contest. He finished the night with one shot on goal and 8:21 of ice time. He was also 2-for-4 in the face-off dot.
* Mueller played in just his third NHL game of the season and his first since December 6.
* The Predators are 9-8-1 with Mueller in the lineup.
* Speaking of situational results, Nashville is now 13-0-1 all-time when Nick Spaling scores a goal.
* Early in the second period, Nashville rookie blueliner Ryan Ellis threw a hip check on a breaking Wayne Simmonds that will be on every game intro video for the next ten years.
Pekka Rinne is now 12-2-0 in his last 15 games.
* The Flyers’ last win in Music City was March 21, 2000. As Jim Diamond of The Examiner pointed out on Twitter, Preds defenseman Roman Josi was nine years old.
* Sergei Kostitsyn, Mike Fisher and Kevin Klein were all a team-high plus-2.
* The Predators have won 13 of their last 17 games and, through Saturday’s action, sit in sixth place in the West and fourth in the Central.
* Despite starting the season just 4-5-3 at home, the Preds have become quite the dominating team on home ice. They’ve won 10 of their last 12 inside the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena.
* Nashville is just two wins out of the Central Division lead.

MY THREE STARS (as voted on with 5:35 remaining in regulation):
1) Pekka Rinne (NSH)
2) Sean Couturier (PHI)
3) Sergei Kostitsyn (NSH)

THE THREE STARS OF THE GAME:
1) Nick Spaling (NSH)
2) Sean Couturier (PHI)
3) Pekka Rinne (NSH)