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The Week Ahead... (Mar. 26)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Tuesday - Nashville @ St Louis Blues

The Preds head to St Louis on Tuesday night to take on the top team in the Western Conference. Nashville will be looking to add to their 4-0-1 season record against the Blues. Join us at the Brentwood O’Charley’s on Tuesday night beginning at 6:30pm/CT for the final O’Charley’s Chill Out Party of the regular season. Stop by to say hi to Gnash and the Nashville Predators Dancers! 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 7pm/CT.

Friday - Nashville @ Detroit Red Wings
The Preds will look to close the season .500 against Detroit in their last meeting of the regular season. The Preds are currently 2-3-0 against the Wings with David Legwand and Jordin Tootoo leading the way in points with four a piece. 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 6:30pm/CT.

Saturday - Playoff Tickets On-Sale
Preds 2012 playoff tickets will go on sale at 10 am on Saturday morning. Check out or stop by to the Bridgestone Arena box office to purchase tickets.

Saturday - Nashville vs Chicago Blackhawks
Another team that Nashville has yet to lose to in regulation this season is the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks will visit Bridgestone Arena for the final time in the regular season on Saturday night as the Preds finish their second back-to-back set in just ten days. All fans in attendance will receive a koozie courtesy of My MAPCO My Dew. 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...
The Preds have three games on the schedule this week, all against Central Division rivals. Nashville opens the week with a Tuesday night visit to St. Louis followed by a weekend back-to-back Friday night at Detroit and Saturday night back home for St. Louis.

Injury Report
  • Paul Gaustad returned to the lineup last weekend after missing 4 games with an upper body injury.
  • Martin Erat is day-to-day after missing Sunday's game with an upper body injury.
  • Roman Josi has missed the past 8 games with an upper body injury.
  • Colin Wilson has missed the past 6 games with an upper body injury.

The Week That Was...
The Preds had an up-and-down week dropping two mid-week contests before rebounding with a sweep of the weekend back-to-back set. Tuesday against Edmonton David Legwand notched two goals, giving him back-to-back multi-point games, in Nashville’s 6-3 loss. Patric Hornqvist scored his team-leading 24th goal of the year on the power play and Gabriel Bourque tallied his first career multi-assist game and his second-career multiple point game. Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh saw the Preds hit with another tough loss (5-1) but the game also featured a bright spot in the return of Alexander Radulov. In his first game in a Preds sweater since 2008, Radulov logged 15:54 of ice time and notched Nashville’s lone goal in the second period on a line with Patric Hornqvist and David Legwand. Things turned around for Nashville when they returned home to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night to take on the Winnipeg Jets. Matt Halischuk opened the scoring for the Preds in the second period and Alexander Radulov picked up the primary assist, giving him two points in two games. Gabriel Bourque notched his first game winning goal of his career, leading Nashville to the 3-1 win. The biggest win of the week came on Sunday night in Chicago, game two of a back-to-back set for the Preds. Nashville got a balanced offensive effort with six different goal scorers and points from 12 of its 20 skaters, including multi-point games from Mike Fisher, Matt Halischuk, Patric Hornqvist and Shea Weber. With the win, the Preds were able to leapfrog idle Detroit for the No. 4 seed and extend their lead over No. 6 seed Chicago to four points. Nashville also pushed its lead to 10 points over the Western Conference playoff cutline.

Hornqvist's five-point week (2 goals, 3 assists) led the Nashville offense for the week, followed closely by Bourque, Fisher, and Weber with four points each. Bourque and Andrei Kostitsyn netted the team's game-winning goals on the week -- Bourque Saturday night at home, Kostitsyn Sunday night on the road.

Plays of the Week...
  Alexander Radulov's first goal back in the NHL
  Pekka Rinne and Kevin Klein make back-to-back saves vs. Winnipeg

2:00 for Tweeting...
Chet Pickard (cpickard37)- Gonna have 2 watch the next @PredsNHL game.. Lot of buzz on @RADUL22 .. Wonder how I would do in a breakaway comp with him.. #sniper (Mar. 21)

Brandon Yip (b_the_yipper_18)- Hey preds fans follow @RADUL22 (Mar. 23)

Michael Latta (Latta17)- Huge game tomorrow too need to make it a 6 point weekend. What's a icehog anyway? @JonBlum7 (Mar. 24)

Jon Blum (jonblum7)- Good weekend for the pesky ads 5 out of 6 points fighting for our playoff lives (Mar. 25)

Prospect of the Week...
Zach Budish -- Budish picked up 4 assists and a +3 plus/minus rating in two games last weekend in the NCAA Regional to lead the University of Minnesota into the Frozen Four. A second round pick by the Preds in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Budish picked up two assists in Minnesota's 7-4 win on Saturday and then added another two assists (including a helper on the game's opening goal) in Sunday's 5-2 upset of Regional #1 seed North Dakota. Budish has 12 goals and 35 points in 42 games this season, setting career-highs in games, goals, and points.

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