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The Week Ahead... (Mar. 21)

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

The Preds take on Edmonton tomorrow at Bridgestone Arena. These two teams last met on the first of the month and Nashville saw Edmonton skate away with the 2-1 shootout win. Edmonton leads the season series by one win headed into tomorrow’s game. While Nashville doesn’t have to worry about the Oilers in their race to the playoffs, these are two precious points Nashville needs to move up in the standings. Don’t miss any of the action! Puck drops at 7pm at Bridgestone.

Thursday – Nashville vs Anaheim
In a crucial match-up, the Preds will face-off against the Ducks on Thursday at Bridgestone. As of Monday, Anaheim is just one point behind Nashville and the Ducks have one game in hand over the Preds. These two teams have not met since the first week of January. Nashville picked up the 4-1 win in that game in Anaheim. The puck drops at 7pm in Nashville on Thursday.

Saturday – Nashville vs Dallas
Nashville faces another close opponent in the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Dallas is just two points behind Nashville with one game in hand. In their last meeting, Dallas got their game-winning power play goal from Loui Eriksson with just 3:42 remaining in regulation. Nashville looks to separate themselves even more from the Stars on Saturday. Puck drop is at 7pm and limited tickets remain.
This Week...
Only one road game has separated Nashville and a nine-game home stand. The team will play three games at home this week. Games start on Tuesday as the Edmonton Oilers come to town and continue on Thursday as the Preds welcome the Anaheim Ducks. The week closes out with a tilt against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Injury Report
  • Francis Bouillon was injured Jan. 16 at Chicago and remains out of action.
  • Marcel Goc is out for the remainder of the season after having shoulder surgery.
  • Matthew Lombardi remains out and is not expected to join on-ice activities for the remainder of the regular season.
  • Cal O'Reilly is out indefinitely with a broken leg sustained Jan. 2 vs. Columbus. He has started off-ice workouts, but is not expected to participate in on-ice work this week.
  • Steve Sullivan is recovering from sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss another 2-to-4 weeks.

The Week That Was...
Nashville played their way into the playoffs with three wins to close out the week. The team currently sits in the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference with 86 points, tied with No. 5 seed Chicago and No. 6 seed LA, and three points behind 4th place Phoenix. Last week saw the continuation and conclusion of Nashville’s five-game home stand. The team went 4-1-0 during that time. The only loss came to LA on Tuesday. Nashville held the Kings to 18 shots, tied for the third lowest this season/ Jonathan Blum scored his second goal of the season against his hometown team. Boston came to town on Thursday in what proved to be a fast-paced and thrilling match-up. With their 4-3 overtime win, the Predators improved to 8-3-3 against the teams that currently lead the NHL’s six divisions. Nashville claimed the overtime victory for the first time this season on Captain Shea Weber’s infamous slapshot. Weber converted on his eighth shot of the night and the goal was his 80th since breaking into the League in 2005-06, moving him past Kimmo Timonen and into first on the Predators defensive goals list. Nashville beat the League’s best road team on Saturday in their 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The Predators handed Detroit its fourth regulation defeat when scoring first and third regulation defeat when leading after one period. Sergei Kostitsyn registered an assist, giving him three points in his last two games and Ryan Suter posted his 30th assist of the season, moving him into a tie for the team lead. Nashville closed out the week in Buffalo with its most dramatic win coming less than 24 hours after their win against Detroit. Down 3-1 with less than 3 minutes left, rookie Blake Geoffrion netted two quick goals to give him his first career NHL hat trick and to send the game into overtime. The Preds sealed the deal just 27 seconds into overtime on a game winner by Martin Erat.

The Preds had a balanced attack on the week with Blake Geoffrion, Sergei Kostitsyn, David Legwand, and Ryan Suter all producing a team-high four points on the week. Jonathon Blum and Colin Wilson each chipped in three points last week.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch -- Shea Weber's game-winning goal against Boston.
Watch -- Blake Geoffrion forces overtime late in regulation at Buffalo.

Prospect of the Week...
Ryan Ellis -- Ellis scored the overtime winner in Windsor's regular season finale to close out the season with 100 points and allow Windsor to claim home ice advantage in its first round playoff matchup against Erie. Ellis had five points in the back-to-back games to close out the season, both wins for Windsor. He was one of just 12 players in the entire Candian Juniors (OHL, WHL, QMJHL) to post a 100-point campaign, and his 100 points were 19 more than the next highest scoring defenseman.
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