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The Week Ahead... (Dec. 20)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Monday-Players in the Community

Several Nashville Predators players will be helping out in the middle Tennessee community throughout the day on Monday, including a visit to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and highlighted by a special Holiday Party hosted by Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, later on Monday evening.

Wednesday- Preds at Chicago
The Predators look for their ninth win in their last 12 outings when they face-off against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday in Chicago. This is the third meeting between the Central Division rivals this season, with Nashville picking up wins in the first two match-ups. Tune into all the action on Fox Sports Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network. Puck drops at 7:30!

Thursday-Ottawa at Nashville
Looking for a last minute gift idea? The Preds host the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, the team's final game before Christmas. Last season the two teams met in oe of the most exciting games of the '09-10 season -- a 6-5 Preds win in Ottawa highlighted by Cody Franson's first career goal. Puck drop is at 7pm and limited tickets remain so be sure to get yours quickly! All of the action can be found on FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network.

Thursday-American Red Cross Blood Drive
$10.00 from every ticket purchased for Thursday night's Preds vs. Ottawa Sentators game at Bridgestone Arena will go back to the American Red Cross. Don’t forget to register to give blood at the game from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Donors between hours of 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. will enter on Broadway at the Preds office entrance (same place as Register of Deeds); Donors between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. must have a ticket to the game. To make an appointment please visit: Sponsor Code: Preds19. Every presenting donor between the hours of 3 and 8 p.m. will be entered to win a VIP Hockey Package (Four lower level tickets to the Preds game on Sunday, January 2 [5pm start]; Post game meet & greet for four with a Predators player)

Sunday-Preds at St Louis
The Predators cap off their Christmas holiday with a trip to St Louis to take on the Blues. Nashville and the Blues have already met 4 times this season with the series going 2-1-1. St Louis is 11th in the Western Conference with 35 points, only 5 points away from Nashville in 4th with 40. It is a tight race so be sure to tune into FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network to catch all the action. Puck drops at 6pm.

This Week...
After a busy -- and productive -- start to December, the Predators have a slower week on tap. The team opens with a three-day break from games before a back-to-back set at Chicago on Wednesday and home for Ottawa on Thursday. The team then closes out the week with a trip to St. Louis on Sunday.

The Week That Was...

Nashville posted a 3-1-0 record last week, wrapping up a stretch of five games in eight days with an impressive 4-1-0 mark to move into second place in the Central Division standings.

The team started off the week with a win against the NY Islanders on Monday. For the second consecutive game, rookie goaltender Anders Lindback was perfect in net, stopping all 28 shots he faced, en route to a 5-0 Preds win. It was the first time a rookie netminder recorded back-to-back whitewashes since Columbus’ Steve Mason had three straight in 2008. The Preds closed out their perfect three-game homestand with a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. The team extended its win streak to five games with a 3-1 victory at the NJ Devils on Friday night. The Predators had their 10-game point streak snapped on Saturday night when the Kings  The Kings picked up the 6-1 win. Rookie goalie Mark Dekanich saw his first-ever NHL action when he took over for Anders Lindback.

Ryan Suter led all Preds players with 5 points during the week, registering at least one point in all four games. Sergei Kostitsyn (2g-2a), Steve Sullivan (2g-2a), and Shea Weber (4a) each posted four-point weeks. Martin Erat and Patric Hornqvist joined Kostitsyn and Sullivan with a team-best two goals on the week. In net, Anders Lindback stopped 74-of-80 shots for a 1.89 goals against average and .925 save percentage.

This Week In Preds History...
December 20, 2003: Vokoun registers first shutout against Detroit
The 2003-04 season series between the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings had several memorable chapters, and the feud boiled over into a terrific six-game Stanley Cup playoff series. After a fight-filled win in Nashville and a historic come-from-behind win in the Motor City, the third head-to-head meeting between these Central Division rivals was highlighted by a 21-save effort from goalie Tomas Vokoun and a third-period goal by then-rookie defenseman Dan Hamhuis in front of a sellout crowd at the Sommet Center. Ten seconds after emerging from the penalty box, Hamhuis scored his first career game-winning goal against Detroit netminder Curtis Joseph. The shutout was the 18th in franchise history, and the Predators’ first against the Red Wings.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Shane O'Brien's nifty hop-step to assist on Patric Hornqvist's goal vs. the NY Islanders.
Watch  -- Nick Spaling's first career goal.

Prospect of the Week...
Patrick Cehlin -- A member of Nashville's 2010 Draft Class, Cehlin has scored three goals and 13 points in 29 games playing for Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League, ranking fourth among junior players in points and second in assists. A member of Sweden's World Junior Championship team, Cehlin has recorded five points (2g-3a) in seven tournament tune-up games. Sweden will open the World Junior Tournament on Sunday, December 26 vs. Norway. The Swedes will also face Canada, Czech Republic, and Russia in the preliminary round of the tournament.
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