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The Week Ahead... (Jan. 9)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Tuesday- Nashville @ Colorado

The Preds will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday for the first time this season. In 2010-11, Nashville went 4-0-0 against the Avs and will be looking to do the same this season. Pekka Rinne was the winning goalie in all four Preds victories. 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 8:00pm/CT.

Thursday- Nashville vs Colorado Avalanche
At the back half of a home and home set, the Colorado Avalanche will head to Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, two days after taking on the Preds in the Mile High City. Thursday is also College Night, presented by Taco Bell. Every Thursday, with proof of a college ID, receive an upper bowl ticket for $15 or a lower bowl ticket for $25. Drink specials will be offered to all those in attendance through the first intermission.
Radio coverage of the game will be on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5FM The Game. Puck drops at 7:00pm/CT.

Saturday – Nashville vs Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers will head to Nashville on Saturday for the first match-up between these two teams for the season. The teams met once last season, with the Preds losing 3-2 in front of goalie Anders Lindback. Saturday is also a McDonald’s Family Four Pack night. This ticket package includes 4 upper level tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 soft drinks for only $99. Order your tickets today by visiting www.nashvillepredators.com/mcdonalds.
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.
This Week...
After a three-game home stand last week, the Preds will start this week off with a home and home against Colorado. They will meet up with the Avalanche in Colorado on Tuesday before heading back to Bridgestone Arena to take on the Avs at home on Thursday. The week wraps up at home on Saturday against one of the Eastern Conference’s best, the Philadelphia Flyers.

All-Star Annoucements...
The NHL is expected to annouce the remainder of the 2012 NHL All-Star Roster later this week. Last week the NHL announced the six starters voted into the the game from the fan vote -- Boston goaltender Tim Thomas, Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf, Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson, and Ottawa forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza. Preds defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter along with goaltender Pekka Rinne were on the NHL All-Star ballot and are each likely high on the league's list of potential selections for the remainder of the All-Star Roster.


Injury Report
  • Shea Weber returned to the lineup on Jan. 5 vs. Dallas.
  • Colin Wilson returned to the lineup on Jan. 7 vs. Carolina.

The Week That Was...
Nashville went 2-1-0 last week at home to move into the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference Playoff picture.

Nashville started off the New Year on the right foot on Sunday, with the only game played in the NHL that night. The 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames saw Sergei Kostitsyn score his first career hat trick. Kostitsyn's first goal gave Nashville a 2-1 lead, his second made it 4-1, and he capped the scoring with an empty-net goal with just 30 seconds remaining. Kevin Klein and Matt Halischuk also scored for Nashville. The Preds suffered their only loss of the week against the Dallas Stars on Thursday. However, the 4-1 loss did have a bright spot as Gabriel Bourque scored his first career goal at 8:31 of the first period. Ryan Suter posted 28:05 of ice time in the game. He leads the team and ranks second in the League in average ice time (27:03). Suter also blocked a game-high five shots. The Preds got back to their winning ways on Saturday with a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The game also saw another Predator rookie score his first career NHL goal as defenseman Ryan Ellis scored with 5:32 remaining in regulation. Nashville got the special teams working again as they scored four power play goals after being shut out on the power play in the previous five games. Patric Hornqvist scored two of Nashville’s four power play goals.

The Preds had balanced offensive contributions on the week with 17 different players registering at least one point. Mike Fisher, Patric Hornqvist, and Sergei Kostitsyn led the way with four points each. Jordin Tootoo also chipped in three points on the week. Kostitsyn paced the team with three goals on the week, netting a hat trick in the Jan. 1 game.


Plays of the Week...
  Gabriel Bourque's 1st career NHL goal
  Ryan Ellis's 1st career NHL goal


2:00 for Tweeting...
Blake Geoffrion (blakegeoffrion) - Congrats to @davidnail on the #1 song. #greattune

Jon Blum (JonBlum7) - On the bus headed out to Peoria gotta love the game #3in3 #peskyads (Jan. 7)

Jordin Tootoo (Jtootoo22) - Big win for the pesky Preds!! Have a wonderful night y'all. (Jan. 7)

Blake Geoffrion (blakegeoffrion) - Congrats to UAH on a big win over Denver tonight @Geoffrion22 @BriceGeoffrion. (Jan. 7)

Chet Pickard (CPickard37) - Good to see @dexshow back doing what he does best! Thatta boy! Hardest worker I know! (Jan. 7)


Prospect of the Week...
Blake Geoffrion -- After picking up one point in his first six AHL games this season, Geoffrion found his groove last week, picking up four assists in three games with the Milwaukee Admirals last week. He assisted on the team's game-winning goal Friday night. Geoffrion also registered six shots on goal in the three games and posted a +3 plus/minus rating.

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