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The Week Ahead... (Jan. 18)

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

The second leg of Nashville's six-game road trip stops in Phoenix, the third meeting of the season between the Preds and Coyotes. The teams have split their first two match-ups. All of the action can be found on FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network. Puck drops at 8pm.

Wednesday- Preds G.O.A.L! Program
Week 2 of the January/February Preds G.O.A.L! Program at A-Game Sportsplex. Click here for more on G.O.A.L!

Thursday- Nashville at Colorado
The Preds and Avalanche meet for the first time this season. The Preds won last season's series 3-1-0, including splitting the two games in Denver. All of the action can be found on FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network. Puck drops at 8pm.

Friday- Preds Foundation Grant Deadline
January 21 is the deadline for applications for the 2011 Nashville Predators Foundation Grants. Click here for more information on the grant process.

Saturday- Preds at Edmonton
The Preds make their first trip out to Western Canada, starting with a game at Edmonton -- the first meeting of the season between the Preds and Oilers. You can catch all of the action on FoxSports Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network. Puck drops at 7:00pm.

This Week...
The Predators continue their season-long six-game, 11-day road trip with stops in Phoenix and Colorado in the middle of the week, leading in to a Sunday-Monday Alberta back-to-back in Edmonton and Calgary. The Predators, Avalanche, and Coyotes open the week all separated by three points (Phoenix 55 points in 46 games; Nashville 54 points in 45 games; Colorado 52 points in 45 games).

Injury Report
  • 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.
  • Steve Sullivan remains out and is not expected to return to action this week.
  • Marek Svatos was injured Jan. 13 at Florida. He will skate with the team this morning to determine his status for tonight's game at Phoenix.
  • Francis Bouillon was injured Sunday at Chicago. He is not expected to play at Phoenix, but will be re-evaluated prior to Thursday’s game at Colorado.

The Week That Was...

Nashville split its four games last week, winning its two home games and dropping its road contests.

The Preds opened the week with a 5-1 win over Minnesota and then alternated 3-2 results -- dropping the one-goal decision at Florida and coming from behind to knock off Chicago in front of a sold out Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. Chicago rallied in the third period to trip Nashville in the backend of the weekend home-and-home on Sunday.

Nine different Preds skaters netted goals on the week, led by J-P Dumont, David Legwand, and Nick Spaling with two goals each. Joel Ward and Shea Weber led the way with four points each. Pekka Rinne went 2-1-0 on the week, stopping 87-of-93 shots for a 1.97 goals against average and .935 save percentage.

This Week In Preds History...
January 21-22, 2008: Erat Leads Preds to Back-to-Back Sweep
Martin Erat recorded multi-point games to lead the Predators to a sweep of back-to-back games against St. Louis and at Colorado on January 21 and 22, 2008. Erat notched a pair of assists in a 6-3 win over St. Louis on Jan. 21 and then netted a pair of goals the next night in a 4-0 shutout at Colorado. Shea Weber netted first period power-play goals in both games to open the Preds scoring both nights. With the wins, Nashville moved to five games above .500 for the first time on the season, en route to hot second half of the season and the organization's fourth consecutive playoff appearance.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Pekka Rinne's overtime breakaway save vs. Chicago.
Watch  -- Joel Ward's game-winning goal vs. Minnesota.

Prospect of the Week...
Ben Ryan -- The University of Notre Dame assisted on the team's game-winning goal in Friday night's 2-1 win. The senior forward has 21 points in 26 games this season, already surpassing his season total from last year and just six points shy of his career-best set in his sophomore campaign.

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