1,196 - Number of regular season games Barry Trotz coached for the Nashville Predators, the second-most anyone has coached for a single team in NHL history (Al Arbour, 1,500).
The Capitals face the Nashville Predators on Friday at Bridgestone Arena, marking Barry Trotz’s first game against his former team. Trotz is in his first year as head coach of the Capitals after spending the previous 15 seasons as coach of the Nashville Predators. Trotz has led Washington to third place in the Metropolitan Division with a 24-11-8 record. The Capitals rank 10th in the NHL in offense (2.91 goals per game) and are the only team in the NHL with six players with 10 or more goals. Washington ranks tied for seventh in the NHL in goals against (2.40) compared to 21st (2.79) during the 2013-14 season. Trotz was the longest tenured coach in the NHL and only coach in the Predators franchise history. He put himself among some legendary names, ranking third all-time in both games coached (1,196) and wins (557) with a single franchise. He also ranks 13th on the NHL’s coaching victories list and fourth among active coaches behind only Joel Quenneville (Chicago), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis) and Lindy Ruff (Dallas). Trotz is one of just six coaches in all four major North American sports leagues to have coached or managed each of a team’s first 15 seasons of existence (MLB: Connie Mack - 50, Oakland; NFL Curly Lambeau - 29, Green Bay, Tom Landry -29, Dallas, Hank Stram - 15, Kansas City, Paul Brown - 15, Cleveland).