Shea Weber’s next power play goal will be a first.
The Nashville Predators’ captain currently has a team-high nine, which is at least twice as many as all of his teammates except Patric Hornqvist (six) and Craig Smith (five). It also ties him with Boston’s Zdeno Chara for the most by an NHL defenseman this season.
It has been 11 games since his last (tied for his longest drought of the season), but assuming he gets at least one more between now and the end of the regular season he will be the first Predators player ever to have at least 10 power play goals in three different seasons. Currently he is one four to have done it twice.
Nashville's next game is against Winnipeg at Bridgestone Arena (2 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee). It is the Jets' second visit this season. Weber scored a power play goal in the first, back on Oct. 24.
POWER (PLAY) OF 10
A look at Nashville Predators players who have scored 10 or more power play goals in multiple seasons:
Shea Weber, defenseman
10 – 2011-12 (led team)
10 – 2008-09 (led team)
Jason Arnott, center
13 – 2007-08 (led team)
12 – 2006-07 (led team)
Scott Hartnell, right wing
10 – 2006-07
10 – 2005-06
Andy Delmore, defenseman
14 – 2002-03 (led team)
11 – 2001-02 (led team)
Eight other Nashville players have scored 10 or more in a season once. It is an eclectic group that includes proven offensive performers Paul Kariya (14 in 2005-06) and Steve Sullivan (13 in 2005-06) as well as some less likely candidates such as Adam Hall and Yannic Perrault, who each had 10 in 2005-06.
Weber already was Nashville’s all-time leader in power play goals at the start of the season with 49 and he only has added to his lead. It is his consistency that got him to that point and that – with one more – will earn him another place of his own in the franchise record book.