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The Week Ahead... (Nov. 15)

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

Nashville makes a rare visit to the Air Canada Centre to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. The Leafs are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games and sit in 13th in the Eatern Conference. This is the 12 all-time series meeting, with the Predators holding a 6-4-1 advantage, including a 2-0 win in their last trip to Toronto during the '08-09 season. The puck drops in Toronto at 6pm CT so be sure to catch all the action on 102.9 The Buzz and the Preds Radio Network.

Thursday - Predators at Montreal
Nashville continues its quick trip through Eastern Canada with a trip to Montreal on Thursday. This game marks the first time back to Montreal for former Canadiens Francis Bouillon (joined the Preds last summer) and Sergei Kostitsyn (joined the Preds this summer). Nashville trails the all-time series 4-5-3, but the Preds are 2-1-2 in their last five against the Canadiens, including a 2-0 win last season on a pair of Steve Sullivan tallies. The puck drops at 6:30pm CT and you can catch all the action on Fox Sports Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network.

Saturday - Predators at Carolina
Nashville will face its third Eastern Conference opponent in a row when the Predators travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes on Saturday night. The two teams met twice this preseason with the road team winning both meetings. During the regular season, the Preds have won three straight in the all-time series, including a 4-2 win on January 7 last season. Puck drop is at 6pm CT and all the action can be found on 102.9 The Buzz and the Preds Radio Network.
This Week...
The Preds will cross into the Eastern Time Zone for a three-game slate against Eastern Conference foes. In the middle of the week the team visits Canada for games at Toronto and at Montreal, before returning to the US to face Carolina on the weekend.

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 is on Injured Reserve. He is not expected to play this week.
  • Martin Erat and Ryan Suter both returned to action last week.
The Week That Was...
The Preds got back on the winning track with a perfect 2-0-0 week. Nashville took part in - and won - its first shootout contest of the season on Thursday at St. Louis. Nashville rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits to tie the score on J-P Dumont's third period goal. Cal O’Reilly and Marcel Goc converted in the shootout, while Pekka Rinne stopped three-of-four shooters for the win. Two nights later the Preds again rallied against a divisional opponent on Cody Franson's third period goal to force overtime and then won in a shootout on O'Reilly's conversion with Rinne stopping all three Chicago shooters.

Twelve different Preds players registered a point on the week, led by Francis Bouillon, J-P Dumont, and Shane O'Brien with two points each. Cal O'Reilly scored one goal and added two shootout conversions on the week, while Marcel Goc picked up an assist and added a shootout conversion. Goaltender Pekka Rinne made both starts, stopping 50-of-55 shots in game action and six-of-seven shootout attempts for a 2.31 goals against average on the week.

This Week In Preds History...
November 21, 2001: Preds unveil third jersey with win over Blackhawks
A day before Thanksgiving in 2001, the Predators unveiled a new look that produced results. The squad was as “good as gold” in five seasons wearing its alternate uniforms, producing a 38-19-12 record, including a 21-3-2 mark in their final two seasons donning them. The gold jersey featured an "animated" saber-tooth tiger logo on the crest of the uniform and a pair of tiger skulls on the shoulders. Third or alternate jerseys around the league were put on the shelf for the 2007-08 season due to the implementation of the new Rbk EDGE jersey system.The night of the unveiling against Chicago, the Preds won a 4-3 thriller thanks to David Legwand’s go-ahead goal with just 12 seconds left in regulation. The wild Central Division matchup featured a goal in the final 20 seconds of each period – the Blackhawks took a 2-1 lead with 16 seconds left in the first, Nashville’s Vitali Yachmenev tied the game at two with 19 ticks remaining in the second, and Legwand finished the job in the waning seconds of the third.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Marcel Goc's shootout winner at St. Louis.
Watch  -- Shane O'Brien's goal vs. Chicago.

Prospect of the Week...
Mattias Ekholm -- A 2009 fourth round pick by the Preds, Ekholm has scored seven goals and 12 points in 19 Swedish Elite League games, averaging a little over 20 minutes of ice time per game. He ranks among the League leaders in plus/minus rating (+8). Ekholm leads League defensemen in goals and ranks among League leaders in points by defensemen.
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