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The Week Ahead... (Nov. 8)

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Thursday - Preds at St. Louis

The Preds make a quick trip to St. Louis on Thursday to faceoff against the Blues, the third meeting of the season between the Central Division rivals; the teams have split their first two meetings of the season. Entering the week, St. Louis leads the Central division with 20 points and is also tied with LA for first place in the Western Conference. The puck drops at 7:00pm CT so be sure to catch all the action on Fox Sports Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network.

Saturday - Chicago at Nashville
The Preds return to Smashville for their first home game of November to take on Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago has been off to a busy start this season with 17 games played (entering this week), the most of any team in the league. The Hawks and Preds have already met once this season, a 3-2 Nashville win on a late third period game winning goal by Joel Ward. Limited tickets remain for this game so be sure to visit nashvillepredators.com or call 615-770-PUCK to get your tickets. The puck drops at 7pm CT and all of the action can be found on Fox Sports Tennessee, 102.9 The Buzz, and the Preds Radio Network.

Saturday - Second Harvest Food Drive
Prior to the November 13 home game against Chicago, the Nashville Predators and Second Harvest Food Bank will be collecting non-perishable foods of all types. Peanut butter, canned fruit, dried beans, macaroni & cheese, canned vegetables and boxed or bagged rice are welcomed. All donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. At the doors, donors will receive an exclusive discount ticket voucher for a future game.

This Week...
The Preds have a slow week ahead with just two games on the schedule, Thursday at St. Louis and then back in Nashville on Saturday to face Chicago. Bridgestone Arena will be busy, though, with CMA Music Awards in the building through the week and then a quick turn-around for the hockey game on Saturday.

Movember
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.
  • Ryan Suter is on Injured Reserve. He will be evaluated during practice early in the week to determine his availability in this week's two games.
  • Martin Erat missed the three-game West Coast road trip. He will be evaluated during practice this week to determine his availability in this week's two games.
  • Francis Bouillon, Marcel Goc, and Jordin Tootoo all returned to action last week.
The Week That Was...
The Predators dropped a pair of one-goal games at Phoenix and at Anaheim as well as a game at Los Angeles to finish the week with a 5-5-3 record.

Cal O'Reilly led all team scorers with four points on the week, while Patric Hornqvist paced the team with two goals. Cody Franson (1g-1a), Marcel Goc (2a), Sergei Kostitsyn (1g-1a), and Jordin Tootoo (2a) each chipped in multi-point efforts on the week.

This Week In Preds History...
November 10, 2005: Sullivan scores three as Preds beat Dallas
Steve Sullivan is the only player entering this season to have tallied more than two hat tricks in a Nashville Predators uniform. His second trick as a Pred powered a third-period comeback in the Predators’ 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars on Nov. 10, 2005. Trailing 3-2, Nashville stormed back with three third-period strikes, including two goals in the final 10 minutes off the stick of the Timmins, Ont. native. Sully’s final goal was one for the highlight reels, as he took an outlet pass on his side of the red line and stickhandled his way through Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov with three moves before getting around him to the right and firing a low shot past goalie Marty Turco. The game kept the wheels spinning on a four-game winning streak and span of 10 victories in 12 games for the 2005-06 Predators, who went on to set franchise records in wins and points to clinch their second playoff berth in franchise history.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Sergei Kostitsyn's goal at Phoenix.
Watch  -- Steve Sullivan's goal at Anaheim.

Prospect of the Week...
Taylor Beck & Michael Latta -- The Guelph teammates both posted five point weeks in two games. Beck opened with three assists in a 5-3 win on Friday and continued with a two-goal performance on Sunday, including the game-winner. Latta picked up a goal and assisted on the game-winning score in Friday night's contest before recording a hat trick in Sunday's 6-4 win. Beck has 18 points in 14 games this season, while Latta has 19 in 16 games. Latta's 12 goals rank tied for fifth in the OHL this season.
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