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The Week Ahead... (Feb. 14)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Tuesday- Preds vs San Jose

The Predators will look to make it three-for-three against the Sharks in 2010-11 tomorrow at Bridgestone Arena. The last time the Sharks visited the Music City on Dec. 15, the home team pulled out a dramatic comeback in the final minutes of regulation as Sergei Kostitsyn tied the game at 2-2 with 3:16 left in regulation and Colin Wilson scored the winner just 44 seconds later. Tuesday night is another Daily's Super Tuesday at Bridgestone. The package includes 2 upper level tickets for $42 or 2 lower level tickets for $92. There will also be special concession stands where all items are just $2, as well as a reduced $2 ticket service fee. In addition, Daily's is offering a $5 coupon good towards gas or merchandise to fans who purchase Super Tuesday tickets. Puck drops at 7pm!

Thursday- Preds vs Vancouver
The Canucks make their first trip to Smashville this season as they head to Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. Vancouver picked up the 2-1 win in the only meeting between these two teams this season. Thursday marks another College Night at Bridgestone! Just show your student ID at the Predators Box office and receive a $10 upper level ticket or a $25 lower level ticket. For every ticket purchased through this special, Best Buy will give you a $10 NAPSTER gift card. Napster has a library of over 11 million songs. In conjunction with College Night there will be drink specials for all in attendance throughout the first intermission. Puck drop is at 7pm.

Saturday-Preds vs Phoenix
The Preds close out a four-game home stand with a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has the 2-1 series lead on the Coyotes this season and Saturday will mark the last time the two teams meet in the regular season. The Family Four Pack, presented by McDonald's, is also available for Saturday’s game. These packs include 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 soft drinks starting at only $99! Each game is played on a Saturday, making it easier for families with busy schedules to attend a live NHL game. Puck drops at 7pm.
Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a pack of Upper Deck hockey cards! Get your six card pack featuring players such as Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and Martin Erat. Complete your set with a 7th bonus card of Pekka Rinne, yours free with the purchase of any Upper Deck product at the Preds Pro Shop!
This Week...
Bridgestone Arena is prepping for a busy week with games and concerts every night starting with Tuesday night's Preds game and running through Saturday night's Preds game. Nashville hosts San Jose on Tuesday, Vancouver on Thursday, and then closes out its four-game homestand with Phoenix on Saturday. The arena will host an Ozzy Osbourne concert on Wednesday night and Kid Rock with Jamey Johnson on Friday night.

Injury Report
  • Francis Bouillon was injured Jan. 16 at Chicago. He remains out of the lineup and is not expected to play this week.
  • Marcel Goc missed Saturday's game vs. Colorado, but returned to practice on Sunday and is expected to return to the lineup this week.
  • Matthew Lombardi remains out and is not expected to join on-ice activities this week.
  • Cal O'Reilly is out indefinitely with a broken leg sustained Jan. 2 vs. Columbus.
  • Marek Svatos (injured Jan. 13 at Florida) is participating in on-ice practices with the team. His return to the line-up is day-to-day.

The Week That Was...

The Predators went 2-1-0 last week. Nashville starting the week off on a bad note, falling 4-0 to Edmonton at home. However, the team quickly turned things around with a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday in Motown. Martin Erat scored the first of Nashville's four goals and Pekka Rinne made 34 saves to help the Predators beat the Central Division-leading Red Wings for the second time in five days.

The biggest moment of the week came on Thursday when the team announced the acquisition of Ottawa Senator star center Mike Fisher. On the ice, Fisher instantly became the Preds highest scoring center. He’s been a consistent 20-goal scorer, passing the mark in four of the past five seasons, and his 14 goals trail only Patric Hornqvist (17 goals) and Sergei Kostitsyn (15). Off the ice, the move made a loud statement. It shows that the coaches and management feel the team is ready to take the next step and compete for a lengthy playoff run.

Fisher picked up his first point as a Predator on Saturday against Colorado when he assisted on David Legwand’s empty-net goal late in the third. Nashville skated away with the win on a three-goal third period to defeat the Avalanche 5-3.

Martin Erat led the way with two goals and four points last week. David Legwand added two goals and three points. Patric Hornqvist and Sergei Kostitsyn also chipped in three points on the week.

This Week In Preds History...
February 15, 1999: Gretzky’s only appearance in Nashville
“The Great One” played just a single game in the Music City, but needed just the one to show Nashville what made him the most prolific scorer in hockey history. In his final NHL season as a member of the New York Rangers, Wayne Gretzky assisted on five of his team’s seven goals to set a record for the most points and helpers by a Preds opponent. While the assist record has been tied and the points record has been broken since then, the sell-out crowd was awestruck by No. 99’s display of skill and anticipatory passing. Though the home team would fall by a 7-4 margin, the game was about more than simply wins and losses. For on this night, Nashville hockey fans were in the presence of greatness.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Martin Erat opens the scoring at Detroit.
Watch  -- Cody Franson's game-winning goal against Colorado.

Prospect of the Week...
Ryan Ellis -- Nashville's 2009 First Round pick continues to excell, posting eight points in three games last week. Ellis assisted on the game-winning goal in both Windsor wins last week. For the season, he now has 18 goals and 70 points to rank tied for 13th in the OHL in scoring, including 30 points in his 16 games since returning from the World Junior Championships. Ellis's 70 points this season are most by a defenseman in the entire Canadian Hockey League (OHL, WHL, and QMJHL).

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