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Smashville Scope: October 28

Josi Named NHL's Second Star of the Week, Forsberg Nearing Return and Ekholm Mic'd Up in This Week's Scope

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

It's rare that Roman Josi doesn't star in a game he's participating in, but his efforts over the past seven days were enough to garner the attention of the entire League.

The Predators captain was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week on Monday thanks to two goals and six points over the course of Nashville's last three games.

Perhaps his most impressive and important outing of that trio of contests - all victories for his club, by the way - came on Saturday night in Tampa Bay when Josi factored in on all three Nashville goals. Not only did he tie the game late with a power-play blast to force overtime, he fed a pass to Ryan Ellis in the extra session for the game-winner.

Josi (5g-8a) and Ellis (2g-11a) are both tied for second in the NHL in points by defensemen with 13 each. In fact, the d-partners are the first defensemen teammates to each post 13 points in a team's opening 11 games since the 1992-93 season when Phil Housley and Fredrik Olausson did it with the Winnipeg Jets.

Josi is also currently riding a four-game point streak (3g-4a) dating back to Oct. 19. It's his second four-game point streak of the season, a feat he accomplished four times in 2018-19.

It's still early, but with his current production sitting at better than a point-per-game, Josi is on track to have a career year.

Forsberg Nearing Return:

The Predators have won three consecutive games and have points in their last four, but make no mistake - they still miss Filip Forsberg.

Monday brought some good news as the winger joined his teammates on the ice for practice for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury on Oct. 15 in Las Vegas. Forsberg sported a non-contact jersey and was held out of drills that included the chance for a body check, but his presence was undoubtedly a good sign.

Forsberg says it's always difficult to be forced to watch games instead of playing in them, but the winning streak certainly helps matters. There isn't a set date as to when Forsberg might return to the lineup, but he added he's doing everything he can to get back as soon as possible.

And even though he hasn't played a real NHL game in almost two weeks, he's had time to do so on the couch at home, and the video game aficionado recently became a brand ambassador for HyperX.

Instagram from @forsbergfilip: Excited to announce I've joined the @hyperx family!🎧🎮 Link in bio for the full video! #HyperXFamily #ad

A gaming accessories company, HyperX already has a number of professional athletes on their roster, like JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League. Forsberg, who loves playing NHL and FIFA games, is the brand's first hockey player, and the Swede pleased to be a part of things.

"I play a lot of video games, and [HyperX] is developing into the headphone business, too," Forsberg said. "[On all of our] plane rides, I use my headphones at least once a week, and it's a really cool opportunity I stumbled upon. I'm really happy to be a part of that."

Tomasino Signs Entry-Level Deal:

Just two days after fellow Preds 2019 draftee Egor Afanasyev inked his entry-level contract with the club, Nashville's first-round pick Philip Tomasino did the same.

The centerman has 10 goals and 25 points in just 15 games with the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL, and Tomasino was named the OHL's Player of the Week on Oct. 7 after posting seven points (3g-4a) in two games, including a six-point, hat-trick performance on Oct. 4, the second in IceDogs history.

Like Afanasyev, Tomasino attended Predators Development Camp, rookie camp and training camp over the past few months and made his mark on Nashville coaches and management.

Because of the CHL/NHL Agreement, he is not permitted to play in the AHL and he will remain in the OHL this season.

Tweet from @philtomasino26: What a moment for my family and I!! Super excited to sign my first NHL contract with @predsnhl! Can���t thank everyone enough for all the support over the years!

Ekholm Mic'd Up:

Everyone loves to hear what's said on the ice during a game. Last Tuesday night, Preds defenseman Mattias Ekholm was mic'd up against the Anaheim Ducks, and the alternate captain had plenty to say.

Video: Preds defenseman Mattias Ekholm is mic'd up

Goal of the Week:

Video: MIN@NSH: Sissons pads lead with SHG on breakaway

Save of the Week:

Video: ANA@NSH: Rinne stymies Kase's breakaway chance

Quote of the Week:

Colton Sissons on Pekka Rinne after the goaltender shut out the Minnesota Wild:

"He's the man around here. We love playing in front of him. He works so hard and every shutout he gets, he earns. It should be two [shutouts] in a row, honestly. He's been great."

Shot of the Week:

…and there's more where that came from.

Preds vs. Ducks Photo Gallery

Preds vs. Wild Photo Gallery

Preds at Lightning Photo Gallery

The Week Ahead:

Tuesday vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 7 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

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Thursday vs. Calgary Flames, 7 p.m. CT

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Saturday vs. New York Rangers, 1 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

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Predators Official Podcast, Episode 58:

The fans demanded it, and Preds forward Calle Jarnkrok makes his debut appearance on the show. Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten take a look at the Predators' improved results on defense. Plus, they share their observations with the team at the 10-game mark.

Preds In The Community

Treats for Troops and Collect for Vets - Oct. 31 and Nov. 2

If you're attending the Thursday or Saturday Preds games this week, you may bring any leftover Halloween candy that will be donated to those in the military serving overseas for Treats for Troops. The Foundation will also be collecting full-size and travel-size toiletries, new socks, jerky, lip balm, trail mix and hand warmers to support Room in the Inn in Nashville as part of the Collect for Vets program. There will be boxes located on the plaza, at AT&T Fan Information and at the Foundation area (outside Section 106/107).

Saturday afternoon's game against the Rangers is Hockey Fights Cancer Day in Smashville. Wear lavender and stay tuned to and @PredsNHL on social media for more information on the day's events.

Upcoming Bridgestone Arena Events:

Looking for more than just hockey at the home of the Preds? Here's what's coming to Bridgestone Arena.

Coming Soon:

Miranda Lambert is bringing the Wildcard Tour to Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 24, 2020 with special guests Cody Johnson and Lanco. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. CT.


Nov. 1: An Evening With The Avett Brothers presented by Lightning 100. Click here for tickets.

Week in Review:

Video: The Preds continue to grow girls hockey in Nashville

Preds Make Impact in Lives of Foster Children from Tennessee Kids Belong

Youth Hockey Player Becomes First to Complete All of Preds Programming

Video: Pekka Rinne presents check for pediatric cancer fight

Rinne, Preds, 365 Fund Donate Over $500,000 to Children's Hospital

Preds Sign Philip Tomasino to Entry-Level Contract

Video: Preds Foundation hosts annual fishing tournament

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