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The Week Ahead... (Jan. 23)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Monday- Nashville vs Columbus Blue Jackets

Nashville will take on a very familiar opponent in the Columbus Blue Jackets for the last home game before the NHL All Star Break. These two teams have met five times so far this season, with Nashville picking up at least a point in all five games (four wins, one overtime loss). The game will be televised on Fox Sports Tennessee (Comcast HD 1675) with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5FM The Game. Puck drops at 7:00pm/CT.

Tuesday- Nashville @ Chicago Blackhawks
At the back half of a back-to-back set, the Preds will visit Chicago for the second meeting between these two teams in three games for the Preds. On Saturday in Nashville, the Preds picked up the 5-2 win over the Hawks. This game will also mark the start of the All Star Break for the NHL. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Tennessee (Comcast HD 1675) with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5FM The Game. Puck drops at 7:30pm/CT.

Sunday- NHL All-Star Game
Catch a special 90-minute pre-game show on the Nashville Predators Radio Network, including flagship 102.5 The Game with Tom Callahan prior to the national radio call of the game
. The game will also be broadcast nationally on NBC.
This Week...
It is a short week of games as the NHL will head into All Star Break starting on Wednesday. The Preds will make the most of the beginning of the week, however, with back-to-back games. On Monday at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time in four games that the teams have met. The Preds will then head straight to Chicago to take on the Hawks on Tuesday night. This will be another familiar opponent for the Preds, having played the Blackhawks just two nights prior at Bridgestone Arena. This weekend the Preds will have three representatives at NHL All-Star Weekend -- Craig Smith, Ryan Suter, and Shea Weber -- with festivities starting Friday night, the skills event on Saturday evening, and the Game on Sunday.

Injury Report
  • Jerred Smithson returned to action last Thursday.
  • Craig Smith returned to action last Tuesday.
  • Francis Bouillon is day-to-day with an upper-body injury (started Saturday's game vs. Chicago but was unable to finish)
  • Ryan Suter is day-to-day with an upper-body injury (has missed the past 3 games).

The Week That Was...
Nashville had a big week last week, playing four games in six nights. In New York on Monday, the Preds beat the Islanders 3-1 in the matinee game. The Preds opened the game by scoring goals on their first two shots. Sergei Kostitsyn registered the first shot and goal for Nashville and Matt Halischuk added the second goal of the game. David Legwand put his team up 3-0 with his team-leading 13 goal of the season. The outcome was not as sweet the next night as the Preds took on the NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It was Nashville’s first loss at the Garden since 2000. Nashville was held scoreless in the 3-0 outcome for just the second time this season. Two nights later in Columbus, Nashville took the score from the Rangers game and flipped it, beating the Blue Jackets 3-0. Columbus was shutout for the first time this season on Pekka Rinne’s 38-save effort. Martin Erat, Mike Fisher and Shea Weber all put one on the board for the Preds with Weber scoring a shorthanded empty-net goal with 32 seconds remaining in regulation. Craig Smith opened scoring for the Preds on Saturday with a power-play goal with led than three minutes to play in the first period. With two assists in the 5-2 win, David Legwand became the first player in Preds franchise history to reach 50 points against a single opponent.

Sergei Kostitsyn (2g-2a) and Martin Erat (1g-3a) paced the Preds offense last week with four points a piece. All totaled, 10 different Preds scored a goal on the week and 14 different skaters registered at least one point. Pekka Rinne posted a 3-0-0 mark in net for the week, stopping 94-of-97 shots for a .969 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average.

Plays of the Week...
  Martin Erat's two-on-one goal at Columbus
  Kevin Klein's center ice bounce shot vs. Chicago

2:00 for Tweeting...
Jordin Tootoo (Jtootoo22) - Big win for the boys tonight. Great energy in the arena. Thanks Pred fans you guys are the best! Night y'all #TeamTootooFund (Jan. 22)

Brian McGrattan (bigern10) - hockey fights are still the best! #straightbombs (Jan. 20)

Michael Latta (latta17) - Wish I was in the liney right now, tough sitting out. Congrats to marvin on his first goal, hopefully we can get some more. #peskyads (Jan. 22)

Prospect of the Week...
Charles-Olivier Roussel -- A second round pick by the Preds in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Roussel posted one goal and one assist and a +4 plus/minus rating in two games on the week. He was instrumental in Saint John overcoming a 0-2 deficit to win on Sunday, scoring the team's first goal and assisting on the second. For the season, Roussel has scored 10 goals and 29 points in 40 games, ranking tied for 11th in the QMJHL in points by a defenseman and tied for sixth in the league in goals by a defenseman. Roussel also ranks second in the entire QMJHL with a +31 plus/minus rating.

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