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The Week Ahead... (Dec. 5)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Tuesday – Nashville vs Phoenix Coyotes

The Preds and Coyotes meet for the third time this season, with both teams winning one of the first two meetings. A month ago on November 3, the Preds shutout the Coyotes 3-0 with Pekka Rinne stopping all shots he faced from the ‘Yotes and Jon Blum scoring the game winning goal.
Tuesday is also a Daily’s Super Tuesday night. Receive 2 upper level tickets for $49 OR 2 lower level tickets for $99, along with a coupon for $5 off your Daily’s purchase. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Tennessee with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5 The Game. Puck drops at 7:00pm/CT.

Thursday – Nashville @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Nashville will face-off against Central Division rival Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. These two teams have met twice this season, with Nashville going 1-0-1. Ryan Suter leads the Preds in points against the Jackets this season with four. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Tennessee with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5 The Game. Puck drops at 6:00pm/CT.

Saturday – Nashville vs Anaheim Ducks
Nashville will face-off against Western Conference rival Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Nashville has won both matchups against the Ducks so far this season. Forwards Craig Smith and Martin Erat have both scored two goals each against Anaheim this season.
Saturday is also a McDonald’s Family Four Pack night. This ticket package includes 4 upper level tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 soft drinks for only $99. Order your tickets today by visiting www.nashvillepredators.com/mcdonalds.
The game will be televised on Fox Sports Tennessee with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5 The Game. Puck drops at 7:00pm/CT.
This Week...
Nashville will spend some time at home this week as well as sometime on the road. The week starts out at Bridgestone Arena as the Phoenix Coyotes come to town. The Preds then head on the road for one game as they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday before closing the week back at Bridgestone on Saturday for a tilt against the Anaheim Ducks.


Injury Report
  • Francis Bouillon is still recovering from a lower body injury suffered Nov. 26 at Detroit. His status for this week's games will be evaluated after Monday's practice.
  • Blake Geoffrion is on injured reserve with an upper body injury suffered Nov. 22 at Edmonton.
  • Sergei Kostitsyn is day-to-day with an injury aggrivated during the Nov. 29 game at Calgary.

The Week That Was...
The Preds wrapped up the tail end of a long, two week road trip last week. On Monday against Edmonton the Preds looked to erase the memories of their loss to Edmonton at Bridgestone the week before. Nashville did just that with the 2-1 win on goals from Shea Weber and Nick Spaling. Nashville trailed 1-0 at the first intermission, Nashville trailed 1-0 at the first intermission, but turned it on in the second period and received a power play goal from Captain Shea Weber. The offensive intensity carried through to the third period when Nick Spaling scored the eventual game-winner with 7:39 to go. The next night in Calgary, Nashville was held off the board in the 1-0 loss. The game marked the fourth time that Nashville has held its opponent to just one goal. The Preds were also perfect on the penalty kill for the second straight game. The liveliest game of the week came on Thursday in Vancouver as Nashville picked up the 6-5 win. The Preds picked up the win on Mike Fisher’s goal with 1:16 left in regulation. The Canucks had taken a 5-3 on 18 shots, but goalie Anders Lindback came in to relieve Pekka Rinne and shut the door with 19 saves. Saturday’s game against Buffalo did not disappoint in entertaining either. Buffalo got out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Preds made things interesting late in the third, pulling within one of a 3-2 score but Buffalo held onto the lead and the win.


Plays of the Week...
  Anders Lindback's third period post-to-post save at Edmonton
  Colin Wilson's game-tying goal at Vancouver


2:00 for Tweeting...
Blake Geoffrion (BlakeGeoffrion) - Hope everyone has tickets to watch my bros play tomorrow night at bridgestone against UNO.feel free to RT this @Geoffrion22 @BriceGeoffrion (Dec. 1)

Jon Blum (JonBlum7) - Just landed in Nashville good to be Back (Dec. 2)

Michael Latta (Latta17) - Game day #nothingbetter. Eat sleep play hockey. #livingthedream (Dec. 2)

Chet Pickard (CPickard37) - Congrats @jonesry28 ... Nice hatty but even better to see that flow all over the tv! (Dec. 2)

Jordin Tootoo (JTootoo22) - Great turn out at Greenhills mall for "Toots Collects Toys". Thanks for all your support. #SalvationArmy http://pic.twitter.com/SzOd0ohN (Dec. 4)


Prospect of the Week...
Gabriel Bourque -- A fifth round pick by the Preds in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Bourque scored one goal and three assists with a +5 plus/minus rating in three games last week for the Milwaukee Admirals. Bourque opened the week with three assists in an 8-3 win over Abbotsford, the Ads head coaching debut of Ian Herbers, and closed out the week with the game-winning goal late in regulation of Saturday night's 3-2 win at Peoria. For the season, Bourque has two goals and 12 points in 18 games played.

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