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The Week Ahead... (Jan. 24)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Monday - Nashville at Calgary

The Predators continue their first of two swings through Western Canada tonight in Calgary, the second of four contests between the clubs in 2010-11. You can catch all of the action on FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network. Puck drops at 8:30pm.

Wednesday - Preds G.O.A.L! Program
Week 3 of the January/February Preds G.O.A.L! Program at A-Game Sportsplex. Click here for more on G.O.A.L!

Wednesday - Nashville at Vancouver
Wednesday marks the final game in Nashville’s season-long six-game, 11-day road trip. This will also mark the first meeting between these two teams this season. They will meet three more times before the end of the regular season. Catch all the action on FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network. Puck drops at 9:00pm.
This Week...
The Predators close out their season-long six-game, 11-day road trip with stops in Calgary tonight and Vancouver on Wednesday. The team does not play again until February 1 as the NHL breaks for the annual All Star Weekend on January 29 and 30 in Raleigh, NC. Captain Shea Weber will represent the team in the All-Star Game on Sunday and SuperSkills competition on Saturday night.

Injury Report
  • Francis Bouillon was injured Jan. 16 at Chicago. He is not expected to play in Monday's game at Calgary, but will be re-evaluated prior to Wednesday’s game at Vancouver.
  • J-P Dumont was injured Sunday at Edmonton and is expected to miss Monday's game at Calgary, but will be re-evaluated during practice on Tuesday to determine his status for Wednesday's game at Vancouver.
  • 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 (injured Jan. 13 at Florida) is not expected to play this week.

The Week That Was...

After dropping the first game of the road trip in Chicago, Nashville has roared back with wins in its last three games. The team is 10-2-0 since New Year’s Eve and has improved to 27-15-6 on the season, good for the No. 4 seed in the West with 60 points.

Nashville got its offense from a pair of defensemen last night in Edmonton in a 3-2 shootout victory. Alexander Sulzer scored his first career NHL goal to put Nashville up 1-0. Joel Ward scored Nashville’s second goal before defenseman Cody Franson netted the lone goal of the shootout and his first career shootout marker. Earlier in the week the Preds won with offensive explosions, netting five goals in consecutive games. J-P Dumont recorded the franchise’s fourth road hat trick on Tuesday to lead Nashville to a 5-2 win in Phoenix. Dumont’s three goals came on his only three shots of the game. Nashville followed the up with a 5-1 win on Thursday in Colorado. Goalie Pekka Rinne was on his way to a shutout before Colorado netted their lone goal with just 3:37 left to play in regulation. David Legwand recorded a goal and an assist in the game and has posted nine points and a +10 rating in the last 11 games.

Pekka Rinne stole the show for the Predators last week, stopping 86-of-91 shots in three starts for 3-0-0 record with a 1.63 goals against average and .945 save percentage. On the season, Rinne now ranks second in the league in both goals against average (2.08) and save percentage (.929), emerging as a top Vezina Trophy candidate (awarded to the league's top goaltender). Offensively, the Preds had 15 different skaters record a point on the week, with J-P Dumont (3g-1a), Cody Franson (1g-3a), and Patric Hornqivst (2g-2a) leading the way with four points each.  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 24, 2006: Kariya scores in OT, Preds sweep set in Detroit
Paul Kariya put a backhand shot past goaltender Manny Legace 35 seconds into overtime to give the Predators a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings and a sweep of back-to-back games at Joe Louis Arena. The Predators overcame a 1-0 deficit with a short-handed tally by Steve Sullivan midway through the second period and goaltender Tomas Vokoun was spectacular throughout, stopping 38 of 39 Detroit shots. With the victory, Nashville improved to 31-12-6 on the season and matched the Wings 68 points which put them atop the Western Conference standings. The two-game sweep not only improved the Predators to 6-0-3 in their previous nine games, but set them up for the franchise’s best season against the rival Red Wings, finishing with four victories, three of which came in the Motor City.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Pekka Rinne's overtime stick save in Edmonton.
Watch  -- Colin Wilson's goal on the rush at Colorado.

Prospect of the Week...
Taylor Aronson -- Nashville's third round pick in this summer's NHL Entry Draft, Aronson recorded seven points in five games on the week to go along with a +7 plus/minus rating. He missed much of his summer conditioning recovering from shoulder surgery after a late season injury in '09-10, but steadily improved all season and now ranks among the WHL's top-20 in points by a defenseman.

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