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The Week Ahead... (Mar. 7)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Tuesday - Nashville at San Jose

The Preds visit the Sharks in San Jose tomorrow. Nashville has a winning 2-0-1 season record against their rivals for the 2010-11 season. All games between these two teams have one-goal games this season. Nashville has gotten game-winners from Colin Wilson and Sergei Kostitsyn. The puck drops in San Jose at 9:30 tomorrow. Catch all the action on FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network.

Thursday – Nashville vs Minnesota
Nashville and Minnesota have faced-off 3 times this season and all games were won by either team by a significant margin. Nashville has won twice, 5-1 and 4-1 and Minnesota has won once 5-2. Thursday’s game is sure to be another offensive showdown at Bridgestone Arena. Thursday also marks another College Night at Bridgestone. Just show your student ID at the Predators Box office and receive a $10 upper level ticket or a $25 lower level ticket. For every ticket purchased through this special, Best Buy will give you a $10 NAPSTER gift card. In conjunction with College Night there will be drink specials for all in attendance throughout the first intermission. Puck drops at 7pm.

Saturday – Nashville vs Colorado
The Preds have a perfect 2-0 record against the Avs this season. Defenseman Cody Franson has the game-winning goal in both games. Saturday is also Hockey Fights Cancer/Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt benefit night. The Preds will be raising money through donations collected at the main entrances and during intermissions, silent auction proceeds, and by donating 25% of all individual ticket sales. The silent auction table will feature an extensive list of one-of-a-kind items benefitting Children’s Hospital. Come out and become part of finding the cure for cancer. Puck drops at 7pm.

This Week...
The Preds finish up a four-game road trip with a stop in San Jose to take on the Sharks tomorrow. The team then returns home for a five-game home stand that starts on Thursday with a game against the Minnesota Wild and continues on Saturday with a tilt against the Colorado Avalanche.

Injury Report
  • Francis Bouillon was injured Jan. 16 at Chicago. His progress will be re-evaluated when the team returns from its four-game road trip.
  • 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 this week.
  • Cal O'Reilly is out indefinitely with a broken leg sustained Jan. 2 vs. Columbus.
  • Steve Sullivan had sports hernia surgery last week and is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.

The Week That Was...
Nashville went 1-1-1 in the Canadian portion of their road trip. They were able to secure one point in Edmonton on Tuesday as they fell in the shootout 2-1. It was Nashville’s first road shootout loss since Feb. 9, 2010. Blake Geoffrion became the second Predator in as many games to score their first NHL goal. Just one game after Jon Blum, Geoffrion scored the lone Preds tally in his third career NHL game. In Vancouver on Thursday, the Preds beat the NHL-leading Canucks for the second time in the last month. David Legwand, Patric Hornqvist, and Blake Geoffrion all scored in Nashville’s 3-0 shutout. Legwand’s tally was his second in three games, giving him nine points in his last eleven games. Geoffrion scored his second career NHL goal in as many games. Nashville fell to the Flames last night in Calgary with a score of 3-2 in a tightly battled game. Martin Erat and Ryan Suter scored in the first for Nashville and the team carried the lead into the second period. Jerome Iginla was awarded a penalty shot early in the second and Iginla slid the puck through Rinne;s legs to tie the score at 2. Curtis Glencross broke the tie midway through the third and gave the Flames the lead they would carry to victory. Pekka Rinne made 33 saves. He’s 0-4-2 against the Flames, one of only three teams he hasn’t beaten.

Erat and Legwand led the Predators with three points on the week, while Geoffrion paced the team with two goals on the week.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch -- Patric Hornqvist's steal and deke-move goal at Vancouver.
Watch -- Ryan Suter's backhand pass for Blake Geoffrion's first career NHL goal.

Prospect of the Week...
Ryan Ellis -- Nashville's first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Ellis picked up four points in three games last week to surpass the 90-point mark on the season, the first OHL defenseman to post more than 90 points in a season since the 1997-98 season. With five games remaining in the regular season, Ellis has 91 points -- 14 more than any defenseman in the OHL and 13 more than any defenseman in any of the three Canadian Junior leagues (OHL, WHL, and QMJHL). The OHL's Player of the Month and Defenseman of the Month for February, Ellis became just the third defenseman in OHL history to record 300 career points with his goal on February 27.
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