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The Week Ahead... (Nov. 28)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Monday – Nashville @ Edmonton Oilers

The Preds head to Edmonton to in search of revenge tonight. The Oilers downed the Preds last week at home in a 6-2 win and the Preds are looking to take back the reigns. Jordin Tootoo and Jon Blum scored Nashville’s goals on Tuesday. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Tennessee with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5 The Game. Puck drops at 8:30pm/CT.

Tuesday – Nashville @ Calgary Flames
In the back half of a back-to-back set, Nashville will head to Calgary on Tuesday to face-off against the Flames. Nashville shut out the Flames in their one meeting this season in Calgary. The Preds received goals from Sergei Kostitsyn and Niclas Bergfors and Pekka Rinne picked up the win. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Tennessee with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5 The Game. Puck drops at 8:30pm/CT.

Thursday – Nashville @ Vancouver Canucks
Nashville will face-off against Western Conference rival Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. These two teams have met once this season in Vancouver, with the Canucks picking up the 5-1 win. Matt Halischuk scored Nashville’s loan goal. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Tennessee with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5 The Game. Puck drops at 9:00pm/CT.

Thursday – Dave & Buster's VIP Party
Join GNASH and the Preds Dancers on Thursday, December 1 and be among the first in Nashville to experience our exciting one-of-a-kind entertainment. At this VIP Premiere Party, you’ll be treated to delectable passed hors d’oeuvres, endless buffets, two drink tickets and an exclusive silent auction. Join us for the debut of our newest Dave & Buster’s location and enjoy free games, free drinks, free food and live music Nashville style. Watch the Preds vs. Canucks game on TV. Click here to RSVP.

Saturday – Nashville vs Buffalo Sabres
Rare Eastern Conference opponent Buffalo Sabres will visit Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. The two teams met once last season, with Nashville picking up the 4-3 OT win. Nashville’s Blake Geoffrion picked up a hat trick and Martin Erat scored once. Anders Lindback picked up the win in goal.
Radio coverage of the game will be on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5 The Game. Puck drops at 7:00pm/CT. All fans in attendance will receive a player calendar presented by Mountain Dew and MAPCO. Saturday is also a McDonald’s Family Four Pack night. This ticket package includes 4 upper level tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 soft drinks for only $99. Order your tickets today by visiting www.nashvillepredators.com/mcdonalds.
This Week...
Nashville continues on the road this week, with three games against Canadian opponents before heading back to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday for the first home game in five games. The Preds will take on the Oilers tonight in Edmonton before heading straight to Calgary on Tuesday for a tilt against the Flames. Nashville wraps up its Canadian trip against the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday before heading to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday for a game against the Buffalo Sabres.


Injury Report
  • Francis Bouillon suffered a lower body injury during Saturday's game at Detroit and returned to Nashville for further medical attention. He is out for the remainder of the road trip.
  • Teemu Laakso is on Injured Reserve retroactive to Nov. 8 with an upper body injury.

The Week That Was...
The Preds played one game at home last week before heading out on the road. The team played one game away before heading back to Nashville to celebrate American Thanksgiving. After the holiday, the Preds headed right back out to continue their five game road trip. At Bridgestone on Tuesday, Edmonton’s offensive powerhouse proved to be too much for the Preds in their 6-2 win. Jordin Tootoo and Jon Blum both scored for Nashville in the third period to keep Nashville from being held to a shutout. Mike Fisher led the team with six shots on goal and Matt Halischuk squared off against Sam Gagner for the first fight of his career. The Preds left right after the game against Edmonton for a game the next night against the Wild in Minnesota. After posting his first goal and multiple point performance of the year against Edmonton on Tuesday, Jordin Tootoo continued his offensive attack against the Wild 24 hours later, notching another two-point outing in the 3-2 loss. Rookie Craig Smith moved into first in team scoring with his assist on Jordin Tootoo’s goal. On Saturday against Detroit, Nashville was outshot for the 17th time this season in the 4-1 loss. Jack Hillen tallied his first goal as a Predator and Roman Josi made his NHL debut, posting 12:20 of ice time.


Plays of the Week...
  Ryan Suter's Power-Play goal at Minnesota
  Colin Wilson's assist on Jack Hillen's goal at Detroit


2:00 for Tweeting...
Jordin Tootoo (JTootoo22) - @mikefisher1212 can I get a RT (Nov. 25)
Mike Fisher (mikefisher1212) - @Jtootoo22 hey man I'm a huge fan from Canada. Can i get a RT? (Nov. 25)

Blake Geoffrion (BlakeGeoffrion) - thatta baby...Chris Johnson thats what i like to see. Good win for the Titans, off to eat some dinner here in edmonton. (Nov. 27)

Brian McGrattan (bigern10) - mmmmmm cheesecake!!!!!! (Nov. 25)

Jon Blum (JonBlum7) - @bigern10 some guys just weren't cut out for the road got your back @Jtootoo22 #roadroomies twitpic.com/7jlwzj (Nov. 25)

Michael Latta (Latta17) - this has the makings of an interesting morning (Nov. 28)


Prospect of the Week...
Zach Budish -- Nashville's second round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Budish figured in the scoring on three of Minnesota's seven goals at Michigan State last weekend, posting one goal and two assists with six shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus rating. The 6-3, 223-pound power-forward has played a starring role for the Gophers as he continues his comeback from a knee injury which limited him to just seven games last season; already this year he has four goals and 15 points in 16 games with a +9 plus/minus rating, while helping the Gophers to a 11-4-1 record.

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