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The Week Ahead... (Apr. 5)

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Wednesday -- Preds at Phoenix

A potential playoff preview as Phoenix and Nashville enter the week in the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds in the Western Conference. The season series has been tightly contested with two of the three series meetings going to a shootout. 

Saturday -- St. Louis at Nashville
The Preds host their Fan Appreciation Night in the final regular season game for both teams. The Blues enter the week six points out of a playoff spot, still mathmatically alive, but needing a lot of help to earn the No. 8 seed. The Preds are battling for better seeding in the playoffs. Regardless of record, the two division rivals have battled hard with seven of the last 11 meetings decided by just one goal -- including a 3-2 Preds win on April 1.

This Week...
The Preds wrap up the 2009-10 regular season with a pair of games this week. On Wednesday the team wraps up its road schedule with a potential playoff preview at the Phoenix Coyotes. The Preds host Fan Appreciation Night at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night vs. the St. Louis Blues, the season finale for both teams.

Fan Appreciation Night...
This Saturday's game vs. St. Louis is Fan Appreciation Night. All fans in attendance will receive a visor, courtesy of a.d. vallett & co. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to be selected to participate in the ‘Shirts Off The Back’ post-game ceremony. Limited tickets are still available by clicking here or calling 615-770-PUCK.

Conference Playoff Picture...
The Preds clinched a playoff spot last week and remain in 5th place in the Western Conference standings. Nashville needs 1 point to secure at least the No. 7 seed in the conference. The Preds have a magic number of 4 to clinch a higher seed than the Detroit Red Wings and a magic number of 5 points to clinch a higher seed than the LA Kings. For a more indepth look at the playoff situation, click here.

Seeding Scenarios...
If Nashville earns all 4 points this week (2-0-0)...
neither Colorado nor Detroit would be able to pass the Predators.
Los Angeles would need to go 4-0-0 to pass the Predators.

If Nashville earns 2 points this week...
Colorado would not be able to pass the Predators.
Detroit would need to earn at least 5 points in its three games (2-0-1 or 3-0-0) to pass the Predators.
Los Angeles would need to earn at least 6 points in its four games to pass the Predators.

If Nashville earns 0 points this week...
Colorado would need to go 4-0-0 to pass the Predators.
Detroit would need to earn at least 3 points in its three games to pass the Predators.
Los Angeles would need to earn at least 4 points in its four games to pass the Predators.

Injury Report...
  • Jason Arnott and Denis Grebeshkov remain out. Arnott has been skating with the team for the past few days and remains day-to-day. Grebeshkov is expected to resume heavy on-ice work outs this week, but is unlikely to return to game action this week.
The Week That Was...
The Preds went 3-1-0 last week to clinch a spot in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Nashville opened the week by splitting a back-to-back set. Patric Hornqvist scored the game-tying goal with 3:07 remaining in regulation and Francis Bouillon netted the OT winner for a 3-2 victory at Florida on Monday night. The next night rookie Jonathan Bernier made 34 saves for his first career shutout as the Kings edged the Preds 2-0. Nashville rebounded with a 3-2 win over St. Louis on Thursday night -- rallying from 0-2 down to net the game's final three goals -- and a 4-3 overtime win at Detroit on Saturday afternoon, with Ryan Suter netting the winner 16 seconds into OT.

Fourteen different players recorded a point for the Preds last week paced by Patric Hornqvist with four points (one goal, three assists) on the week, followed by linemates Marcel Goc and Steve Sullivan with three points a piece. Pekka Rinne started three of the four games in net for Nashville, stopping 88-of-95 shots for a .926 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch -- Ryan Suter's overtime winner on Saturday at Detroit as the Preds clinched a playoff spot and expanded their lead over the Red Wings in the battle for fifth place.
Watch -- Pekka Rinne's game-saving stop on David Perron's partial breakaway with under 30 seconds remaining in Thursday night's 3-2 win over St. Louis.

Prospect of the Week...
Ryan Ellis -- The Preds 2009 first round pick (No. 11 overall), Ryan Ellis posted back-to-back three point outings to lead Windsor to a 2-0 lead in Round 2 of the OHL playoffs. Ellis leads all OHL defensemen with 12 points during the post-season as Windsor has won all six of its playoff games (a four game Round 1 sweep and a 2-0 start to Round 2).
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