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The Week Ahead... (Feb. 7)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Monday - Nashville vs Edmonton

The Nashville Predators host the Edmonton Oilers for the first time in 11 months tonight at Bridgestone Arena. It is the second of four games between the teams this season, with the last match-up coming in January in Edmonton. Edmonton's star rookie Taylor Hall tied the score early in the third that would carry through into overtime and eventually into a shootout. The Preds prevailed in the shootout, 3-2, thanks to a perfect performance by Pekka Rinne and the lone shootout marker by Cody Franson.

Monday - Military Monday Offer
Monday night marks the final Military Monday of the season. All military personnel can show their military ID and receive best available seats for only $20. The military will also be recognized during the game through PA announcements and a special thank you on the megatron. To order your Military Monday tickets call 615-770-7814 or stop by the Bridgestone Arena box office with your Military ID.

Wednesday – Nashville at Detroit
Nashville took a 2-1 series lead against Detroit last Saturday at Bridgestone Arena as the Preds blanked the Wings 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd. Tune in as the Preds head to Detroit on Wednesday for the second meeting between the teams in two weeks. The puck drops early at 6:30pm and you can catch all the action on FS Tennessee, 102.9 the Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network.

Thursday- Predators Foundation GnashVegas Casino Gala & Auction presented by Grand Avenue Luxury Transport Services
Join us for the annual Predators Foundation GnashVegas Casino Gala & Auction presented by Grand Avenue Luxury Transport Services! Fans are invited to mix and mingle at the casino tables with the Nashville Predators players and coaches who serve as guest dealers. You will enjoy delicious food from a variety of Nashville restaurants and delightful beverages from an open bar. This exciting event will feature an exclusive silent auction with autographed memorabilia, baskets with player favorites and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Predators players and coaches.

Saturday- Predators Fangtastic 5k presented by Action Nissan
Set for Saturday, February 12, 2011, the Run/Walk begins at 10 a.m. on the Bridgestone Arena plaza. The entry fee will include a special 5k t-shirt and a voucher good for one ticket to watch the Nashville Predators in action that night vs. Colorado, on Tuesday, Feb. 15 vs. San Jose, or on Thursday, Feb. 17 vs. Vancouver. Additional ticket vouchers are also available for purchase for $25. Fees for the race are $40 from January 1-February 11 and $45 on race day (includes game voucher only).

Saturday - Nashville vs Colorado
Starting off a four-game home stand, the Preds will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena this Saturday. These two teams met just last month in Colorado, where Nashville skated away with the decisive 5-1 win. Nashville's five goals were scored by five different players and goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 32 of 33 shots. Join the Preds as they continue the road to the playoffs!
This Week...
It is a busy week on and off the ice for the Preds as they make their way through the February schedule, with three games and two major off-ice events. The team hits the ice tonight to take on former Preds forward Ryan Jones and the Edmonton Oilers. After a quick trip to Detroit on Wednesday night for a rematch against the Red Wings, the Preds will return home and trade in their pads for their formal wear. Thursday night marks the annual Predators Foundation GnashVegas Casino Gala & Auction presented by Grand Avenue Luxury Transport Services. The players will serve as guest dealers while fans are invited to mix and mingle at the casino tables. It’s back to work on Saturday as the Colorado Avalanche come to town. Saturday will also mark the start of a four-game home stand for the Predators.

Injury Report
  • Francis Bouillon was injured Jan. 16 at Chicago. He remains out of the lineup and is not expected to play in either of the mid-week games. His status will be re-evaluated prior to this weekend.
  • 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) remains out of the lineup, but is expected to join the team for on-ice workouts later in the week.

The Week That Was...

The Preds posted a .500 mark last season with a 1-1-1 record in three games, but enter this week off a 3-0 win versus the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday in front of a sold-out Bridgestone Arena. The Predators recorded their sixth shutout of the season with stellar goaltending from netminder Pekka Rinne. The offense was led by forward Sergei Kostitsyn who notched two goals, including a highlight-reel shorthanded marker.

The Preds dropped a pair of one-goal decisions in the mid-week games. On Thursday in Philadelphia, the Preds allowed just one goal through 40 minutes but saw the scoring open up in the third as the Flyers grabbed the 3-2 win. Two days prior, the Predators dropped a shootout decision for the first time since Nov. 27 in a loss to the Calgary Flames. Martin Erat scored the game’s opening goal, giving him points in five-of-eight games since returning from a nine-game injury absence.

This Week In Preds History...
February 9, 2002: Denis Arkhipov breaks scoreless tie in OT with highlight reel goal at Columbus
Denis Arkhipov broke a scoreless tie at 2:45 of overtime and goaltender Tomas Vokoun stopped all 25 shots he faced to vault the Predators to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The victory improved Nashville to 5-0-10 when going to the extra session in 2001-02, and set the stage for back-to-back 1-0 shutouts just three nights later against Florida. Arkhipov’s 14th marker of the season was one for the highlight reels. While in the process of being knocked off his feet by Columbus defenders Matthias Timander and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, the Kazan, Russia native snapped a wrist shot over goalie Marc Denis’ shoulder for his second overtime winner in less than three weeks. The goal continued the Predators best stretch of the 2001-02 season – a 6-2-1 mark from late January to early March.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Sergei Kostitsyn's one-handed shorthanded goal vs. Detroit.
Watch  -- Pekka Rinne's diving stop against Calgary.

Prospect of the Week...
Blake Geoffrion -- OK, last week we mentioned that we didn't really want to focus on AHL prospects (and we don't like recognizing the same prospect in back-to-back weeks), but we'd be remiss in ignoring Geoffrion's contributions. The AHL rookie recorded seven points and a +5 rating in two games last week. In the past two weeks he has posted five goals and 14 points in just four games played. He's been recognized as the AHL's Player of the Week each of the past two weeks, the first player in over 16 years to be honored by the AHL in consecutive weeks.

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