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The Week Ahead... (Nov. 22)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Monday - Preds at Columbus

The Predators and Blue Jackets renew their Central Division rivalry at Nationwide Arena, Nashville’s first of two trips to Ohio in a 10-day span. In 2009-2010, the Preds posted a 5-1-0 record against the Jackets, taking two-of-three road games while sweeping all three games at home. The puck drops at 6pm and you can catch all the action on FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network.

Wednesday - St. Louis at Nashville
The Preds will take on a familiar opponent in the St. Louis Blues the day before American Thanksgiving. Nashville and the Blues have faced off 3 times so far this season, with Nashville leading the series 2-1. It is also Calendar Night at Bridgestone Arena with everyone in attendance receiving a Nashville Predators and Ford player calendar. Limited tickets are available so be sure to pick yours up soon. This is a game you do not want to miss! If you can’t make it down to the arena, catch all the live action on 102.9 The Buzz and the Preds Radio Network.

Friday - Preds at Minnesota
Nashville makes a quick trip to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Black Friday. This will be the first meeting between these two teams for the 2010-2011 season. The Preds took the 2009-2010 series by a margin of 2-1. The puck drops at 1pm so be sure to tune in early to FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network.

Saturday - NY Rangers at Nashville
The Big Apple meets Music City as Nashville takes on Henrik Lundqvist and the NY Rangers at Bridgestone Arena. These two teams met once last season, with Nashville picking up the 2-1 win. Limited tickets remain so don’t miss your chance to see this rare opponent. Puck drop is at 7pm and all the action will be live on FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network.
This Week...
The Preds have a busy week on the schedule with four games, plus a day off for Thanksgiving. The team will alternate home and road games this week, opening with intra-divisional match-ups at Columbus and home vs. St. Louis before Thanksgiving and back-to-back games at Minnesota and home vs. the NY Rangers to close out the holiday 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.
  • David Legwand and Ryan Suter both missed Saturday night's game at Carolina. Both are listed as day-to-day.
The Week That Was...
Nashville headed back out on the road and got back on the winning track last week, grabbing wins in 4 of their last 5 games. On Saturday, the Preds beat the Hurricanes for the fourth consecutive time dating back to February 5, 2008 and picked up a point at the RBC Center for the sixth straight time. With their 2-1 victory at Carolina on Saturday, the Nashville also improved to 3-0 in games that have needed a shootout win to determine the winner. Pekka Rinne has been between the pipes for all three wins, allowing just two tallies on 10 attempts. Martin Erat and Cal O’Reilly each converted their attempts on the other side of the ice. O’Reilly is perfect on three shootout attempts this season, one of just two NHLers to take that many shots and remain perfect.

Thirteen different Preds players registered a point on the week, led by Marcel Goc with three points (all goals). Five other players put up two-point weeks, plus Erat and Goc both netted one goal and one successful shootout attempt. In net, Rinne stopped 79-of-85 shots for .929 save percentage and 1.96 goals against average in three starts.

This Week In Preds History...
Nov. 21, 2003: Hartnell scores the franchise’s 1,000th goal in OT win at Anaheim
The 1,000th tally in Nashville Predators’ history couldn’t have come at a better time. After Greg Johnson scored No. 999 with just 3:58 left in regulation to send the game to sudden-decision overtime, Scott Hartnell beat Anaheim’s J.S. Giguere to dramatically make goal No. 1,000 a game-winner. Rem Murray and rookie blueliner Dan Hamhuis set up Hartnell’s sixth goal of the season. The Predators reached the 1,000-goal mark in their 428th game. The 2003-04 season marked the first in which Nashville scored over 200 goals (216) in a season, and it also marked the team’s first trip to the post-season. The 2006-07 edition holds the franchise’s high mark for goals with 272.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Pekka Rinne's saves on Brian Gionta and Jaroslav Spacek at Montreal.
Watch  -- Martin Erat's shootout winner at Carolina.

Prospect of the Week...
Ryan Ellis -- Ellis had a standout week with seven points in two games played, including the overtime winner on Saturday night. On the season he has 25 points in 20 games, the second highest points total by an OHL defenseman. Ellis enters this week's action with 240 points in 190 career OHL games.

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