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The Week Ahead... (Nov. 1)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Wednesday - Preds at Phoenix

The Preds look to get back on the winning track as they head out west to face Shane Doan and the Phoenix Coyotes, a match-up between two 100-point teams from a season ago. The puck drops in Phoenix at 9 pm CT and all the action can be found on FS Tennessee, 102,9 The Buzz, and the Predators Radio Network.

Saturday - Preds at L.A.
Nashville travels to Hollywood to face off against the L.A. Kings on Saturday. This marks the first of four total meetings between these two teams this season. The Preds won theree of the four meetings last year, including both match-ups in LA. Puck drop is at 9 pm CT so be sure to catch all of the action on 102.9 The Buzz and the Predators Radio Network.

Sunday - Preds at Anaheim
The second game of a back-to-back set, Nashville faces off against another California opponent in the Anaheim Ducks. Earlier this season the Preds skated away with a 4-1 win over Anaheim on Opening Night at Bridgestone Arena. Puck drop is at 7 pm CT and you can catch all the action on FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Predators Radio Network.
This Week...
The Preds take to the road for four games, spanning the next two weeks. This week’s games include a stop in Phoenix on Wednesday and a back-to-back tilt against LA on Saturday and Anaheim on Sunday. Road games continue into next week as Nashville will play 11-of-13 games away from Bridgestone leading up to American Thanksgiving.

Some of your favorite Nashville Predators will be sporting a little extra facial hair this month in honor of the global prostate-and-testicular cancer awareness movement, Movember. The players who participate become part of a global effort to use moustaches to bring attention to prostate cancer awareness. The idea behind it being new moustaches bring questions, which can be used to promote the cause.This Movember, the money raised in the U.S. will be split between the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The Prostate Cancer Foundation will use the money raised by Movember to fund research to find better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. To date, Movember has raised over $47 million globally making it the world’s largest charity event for men. Significantly, awareness of men’s health issues has improved with Movember helping to spread important health messages directly to millions of Mo Bros & Sistas around the world.  The Nashville Predators challenge you to join us in changing the face of men's health. Click here to support the cause

Injury Report...
  • Matthew Lombardi and Ryan Suter are all on Injured Reserve; neither is expected to join the team on its three game West Coast trip.
  • Marcel Goc is on Injured Reserve, but participated in practice on Monday. He is expected to travel with the team to the West Coast and may re-join game action this weekend in LA or Anaheim.
  • Francis Bouillon and Jordin Tootoo missed Saturday's game at Detroit, but both practiced on Monday are expected to make the trip with the team.
The Week That Was...
The Predators have a 5-2-3 record heading out of last week and sit in sixth place in the Western Conference. On Thursday Pekka Rinne stopped 31 St. Louis shots but the Preds could not get one past Jaroslav Halak and the Blues earned the 3-0 victory. Detroit scored the first goal on Saturday and never relinquished the lead en route to a 5-2 victory over the Preds. Nashville got goals from Joel Ward and Kevin Klein (his first of the season).

Through one month of the season, Cal O'Reilly and Steve Sullivan are tied for the team lead with seven points. Sullivan leads the team with four goals, while O'Reilly leads with six assists. Pekka Rinne has a 2.41 goals against average and .928 save percentage, while Anders Lindback has posted a 3-0-1 record in four decisions.

This Week In Preds History...
November 4, 2008 - Trotz Reaches Another Milestone
Head Coach Barry Trotz became just the 10th coach in NHL history to coach 750 games with a single team as the Preds traveled to Vancouver to face the Canucks. Watch the Video Tribute to Trotz's 750th game.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Pekka Rinne's save on David Backes vs. St. Louis.
Watch  -- Joel Ward's goal at Detroit.

Prospect of the Week...
Ryan Ellis -- Ryan Ellis finished the week with four points in back-to-back-to-back games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. He assisted on Windsor's first two goals in a 4-2 win on Thursday and followed it up with an assist on the goal to make the score 2-2 in Windsor's 3-2 win on Friday. On Saturday, Ellis scored the overtime forcing goal and then converted the shootout winner in a 4-3 win.
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