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The Week Ahead... (Nov. 7)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Tuesday – Nashville at Los Angeles Kings

The Preds head to Los Angeles to take on the Kings for the first time this season. Nashville went 1-3-0 against the Kings last season and are headed to LA looking for a better outcome this time around. The Preds picked up their 5-2 win last season in LA with the game winner scored by Patric Hornqvist. Anders Lindback was between the pipes to pick up the ‘w’. 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 9:30pm/CT.

Wednesday – Nashville at Anaheim Ducks
To close out back-to-back games and their West Coast swing, the Preds will take on the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. Nashville is 1-0 against the Ducks this season, picking up their win on home ice just a few weeks ago. Patric Hornqvist got the game winner in that game and Shea Weber and Ryan Suter both let the team with two points each. Wednesday’s 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 9:30pm/CT.

Saturday – Nashville vs Montreal Canadiens
Nashville returns home on Saturday to take on the Montreal Canadiens. This rare opponent heads to Bridgestone on a very special night, the 1,000th game in Nashville Predators franchise history. The game will feature many special moments and highlight some of the most memorable moments thus far. Original goalie Mike Dunham and first captain Tom Fitzgerald will be on hand for the ceremonial puck drop as well as for an in-game autograph signing. Be sure to stop by the plaza before the game for a plaza party. Don’t forget the special 6:00pm/CT start time for the game!

Also on Saturday, bring 1,000 pull tabs to the Silent Auction table outside section 105/106 and be entered to win a jersey signed by the entire team. Don’t have 1,000 pull tabs? Bring any and all that you may have to help the cause and benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
This Week...
This Week...
The Preds close out their tour of the West Coast with back-to-back games on Tuesday and Thursday before heading back to Nashville. Tuesday sees the team take on the LA Kings before heading straight to Anaheim to take on the Ducks on Wednesday. Nashville returns home on Saturday for the 1,000th game in franchise history against the Montreal Canadiens.


Injury Report
  • Mike Fisher returned from injury last week to play in both the Thursday and Saturday road games. He is no long listed on the team's injury report.
  • Kevin Klein is day-to-day with a lower body injury suffered Nov. 3 at Phoenix. He missed Saturday's game at San Jose, but will be re-evaluated before the team's back-to-back set against LA and Anaheim.
  • Sergei Kostitsyn is day-to-day with a lower body injury. After missing two games, he returned to action on Nov. 3, but was unable to play in Saturday's game at San Jose.
  • Nick Spaling was placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to Sunday, Oct. 30 with a lower body injury. He began skating with the team this weekend, but is doubtful for Tuesday and Wednesday’s back-to-back set.

The Week That Was...
Nashville did not lose last week, going 1-0-1 on the road. Starting out their trip, the team picked up a 3-0 win against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday. It was Pekka Rinne’s third shutout in six games and the 23rd of his career. Jonathon Blum tallied his first goal of the season, which also turned out to be the game winner and Jerred Smithson tied a career-high four shots on goal. Saturday’s game against San Jose was a nail biter until the end, with Nashville coming from behind in the third period to tie things up and picking up the two points in overtime on a goal by David Legwand, his second of the night. Nashville also got tallies from Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Suter, who both scored in the third period to tie the game. The overtime win against the Sharks put Nashville 4-0-1 over the last five games.

It was also a big week for Nashville for another reason. On Thursday of last week President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced that the club signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million contract – the largest in franchise history.


Plays of the Week...
  Pekka Rinne's  Breakaway save at Phoenix
  David Legwand's Overtime winner at San Jose


2:00 for Tweeting...
Chet Pickard (CPickard37) – Congrats Pekka! Well deserved! Best goalie in the world and an even better guy! #preds (Nov. 3)

Jordin Tootoo (JTootoo22) - Boys battle back tonight !!! Leggy on fire. Peks was just being himself. #unreal (Nov. 6)

Blake Geoffrion (BlakeGeoffrion)- Congrats to peks on the new deal. #stud (Nov. 3)

Mike Fisher (mikefisher1212) - Congrats to Tennessee lottery winner Pekka Rinne! #welldeserved (Nov. 3)

Jon Blum (jonblum7) - Huge win tonight against the sharks character win (Nov. 6)



Prospect of the Week...
Austin Watson -- Nashville's first round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, Watson picked up four points to help Peterborough to a 3-0-0 record last week, moving into third place in the OHL's Eastern Conference. Watson netted the game-winning goal in two of the three wins, including the shorthanded winner on Friday night at Mississauga. Watson opened the week assisting on the game's opening goal in Peterborough's 4-3 win on Thursday night. Last week's performances extended Watson's point scoring streak to four consecutive games, all Peterborough wins.

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