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The Week Ahead... (Feb. 21)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Tuesday- Nashville at Columbus

The Nashville Predators make their third and final appearance of 2010-11 at Nationwide Arena tomorrow, the fourth Nashville-Columbus matchup this season and first of two in a five-day span. The Predators have claimed the last two games in the season series after dropping the opening game on Nov. 22 in Ohio’s capital city. Puck drops at 6pm and you can catch all the action on FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network.

Wednesday- Green Hills Public Library
Nashville Predators players are coming to the Green Hills Public Library!! Predators player Colin Wilson and Gnash will be reading children’s books, participating in a Q&A and signing autographs at the Green Hills Public Library on Wednesday, February 23rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The whole family is invited to this public event but seating is limited so arrive early!
Green Hills Public Library
3701 Benham Avenue
Nashville, TN 37215

Thursday – Nashville vs Chicago
The Chicago Blackhawks come to town for their last visit of the regular season. These two teams have faced off 5 times this season, with Nashville leading the season series 3-2. Thursday also 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. In conjunction with College Night there will be drink specials for all in attendance throughout the first intermission.

Saturday – Nashville at Dallas
The Preds travel to Dallas for the first game of a back-to-back weekend. On their last visit to Dallas, Nashville picked up the 1-0 shutout on a game winning goal by Cal O’Reilly. Saturday’s puck drop is early, 1pm, so tune in early to FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network to catch all the action.

Sunday – Nashville vs Columbus
Nashville and Columbus will meet for the second time in a five-day span when the Blue Jackets visit Bridgestone Arena. As of Monday, Columbus is only 4 points out of the playoff picture so these games are especially critical for both the Preds and Jackets. There is a special 2 pm START on Sunday so head downtown early!
This Week...
A busy week is on tap for the Predators as they will play 4 games – 2 home and 2 away, including one back-to-back tilt over the weekend. The week starts out in Columbus with a game against the Blue Jackets tomorrow before the Preds return to Bridgestone Arena on Thursday to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The team then travels to Dallas on Saturday and returns to Nashville on Sunday to take on the Blue Jackets again.

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 was injured during Thursday’s game vs. Vancouver and was placed on injured reserve.
  • 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. He has upgraded from crutches and hard cast to a walking boot and is increasing his strength and conditioning activities.
  • Ryan Suter was injured Saturday night vs. Phoenix and will miss Tuesday night’s game at Columbus, but is expected to return to the lineup later in the week.

The Week That Was...

Nashville went .500 (1-1-1) last week during their three game home stand. The week started with a 2-1 overtime loss to San Jose. The game was tied from about the 10 minute mark of the 2nd and stayed that way into overtime. Patrick Marleau scored at 3:53 of overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to victory. Nashville welcomed the Vancouver Canucks to town on Thursday and picked up the 3-1 win. Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher scored 49 seconds apart late in the 2nd period to give Nashville the win. It was Fisher’s first goal as a Predator and came a period after he was hit in the face with a puck and had to get stitched up for the majority of the 1st period. The Preds put a late fury on Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on Saturday night but were not able to take away the win. Phoenix scored 2 goals 58 seconds apart in the 2nd period and were able to pick up the 3-2 win.

This Week In Preds History...
February 27, 2010: Suter and Weber Star in Gold Medal Showdown
Ryan Suter and Team USA battled Shea Weber and Team Canada into a classic overtime thriller in the Gold Medal Game of the 2010 Olympic tournament. Team Canada won on Siney Crosby's goal, but both Weber (All-Tournament Team selection) and Suter earned high praise during the tournament.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Shane O'Brien and Pekka Rinne combine to turn aside Shane Doan's shot.
Watch  &  Watch -- Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher score 49 seconds apart against Vancouver.

Prospect of the Week...
Roman Josi -- Josi picked up three assists last week and converted a "must have" shootout attempt, running his scoring streak to 13 consecutive games -- longest in the American Hockey League this season. Friday night, Josi assisted on Milwaukee's goal in regulation and then scored in the fifth round of the shootout to extend the shootout another round (in an eventual shootout win for the Admirals). Josi added an assist in Saturday night's 3-0 win and continued his scoring streak with a helper in Sunday's 2-1 loss. Josi has five goals and nine assists during the scoring streak to move into the AHL's top-20 in both rookie scoring and points by a defenseman.

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