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The Week Ahead... (Nov. 29)

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

The Preds close out November the same way they started it-with a contest against the Phoenix Coyotes. This time, however, they will be hosting the Coyotes at home at Bridgestone Arena. Phoenix took the 4-3 win in the desert the last time these two teams met on November 3. Puck drops at 7pm and limited tickets remain! All the action can be found on 102.9 The Buzz and the Preds Radio Network.

Wednesday - Preds at Columbus
Nashville makes a quick trip to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. The Preds and Blue Jackets met just last week at Nationwide Arena, with the Jackets picking up the 2-0 win. Puck drops at 6pm and all the action can be found live on FS Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network.

Saturday - Carolina at Nashville
The Preds face another recent opponent when the Carolina Hurricanes visit Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. Nashville and Carolina faced off just two weeks ago at the RBC Center. The Preds picked up the 2-1 shootout win with Cal O’Reilly and Martin Erat both scoring in the shootout. Puck drop is at 7pm

This Week...
The Preds have three games on tap this week, a mid-week back-to-back set followed by a Saturday night home game.

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...
  • David Legwand and Matthew Lombardi are both on Injured Reserve. Legwand is expected to miss the two mid-week games and will be re-evaluated prior to this weekend's game. Lomardi is not expected to play this week, but may return to on-ice workouts by the end of the week.
  • Cody Franson left Saturday's game early after getting caught with a high stick, but Franson was back at practice on Monday and is not expected to miss any game action.
The Week That Was...
Nashville went 0-2-2 last week, including shootout points in both home games during the week. The Preds suffered a tightly contested 2-0 loss at Columbus to open the week and then dropped a 2-1 shootout decision at home on Wednesday against St. Louis. After the Thanksgiving Holiday, Nashville fell at Minnesota on Friday and then earned an overtime point at home on Saturday night vs. the NY Rangers.

Pekka Rinne turned aside 71-of-78 shots for a .910 save percentage and 2.00 goals against average last week, plus stopped 6-of-8 shootout attemtps. Offensively, Patric Hornqvist and Colin Wilson led the team with two points each.

This Week In Preds History...
Dec. 1, 2008: Rinne Earns First Career Shutout
Goaltender Pekka Rinne turned aside 30 shots, including a big glove save on Derek Roy just 4:20 into the game, for his first career NHL shutout, a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Former Sabre J-P Dumont picked up two points on the game, assisting on Jason Arnott's goal and then tallying a score of his own midway through the third period. After a scoreless first and second period, the Preds struck for two goals in a 2:33 span for the win. Rinne would go on to post another six shutouts the rest of the season, emerging as one of the elite rookie goaltenders in the league.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Pekka Rinne robs the NY Rangers.
Watch  -- Pekka Rinne denies Andy McDonald.

Prospect of the Week...
Austin Watson -- Nashville's 2010 First Round pick recorded four points in three games last week, playing three games in three nights. On Friday night at Saginaw he assisted on both the overtime forcing goal late in the third period and then picked up an assist on the OT winner. After a slow start to the season, Watson has started to find his groove with 17 points in his last 17 games, skating for a Peterborough team that averages only 2.80 goals per game this season.

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