Taylor Hall, winner of the Hart Trophy for the 2017-2018 season, is officially back in the Western Conference as of Monday.
Traded from New Jersey to Arizona, Hall will be set to face off against the Predators twice more this season- including a game next Monday in Nashville. Hall was a member of the Edmonton Oilers until the now infamously lopsided, blockbuster trade of 2016 sent him east to Newark in exchange for Adam Larsson.
In his time competing primarily with Western Conference talent in Edmonton, Hall produced very consistently against the Preds. As an Oiler, he played a total of 16 games against Nashville and recorded 14 points over that time. In the 2013-2014 season specifically, Hall posted five points and a +3 rating in just three games against the Preds.
In a little over three seasons with the Devils, Hall was arguably more prolific points-wise facing the Preds. In the Preds' 6-4 win over the Devils on Dec. 7, Hall was responsible for two points- a goal and an assist. Skating in just five games as a Devil against Nashville, Hall tallied seven points, but a -3 rating. His poor showing in the defensive category could be partially attributed to the horrendous New Jersey defense he played with. With the exception of the 2017-18 season (in which they ranked 17th), the Devils consistently ranked in the top five of the amount of goals scored against them while Hall was on the team.
With Hall now set to play three games per season against the Preds if he remains with the Coyotes long-term (he will become a UFA on Jul. 1, 2020), he will most likely continue to be a potent threat on the ice.
Hall will likely skate on the Coyotes' top forward line with Phil Kessel and Christian Dvorak.