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The Week Ahead... (Oct. 18)

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

The Preds welcome a Canadian opponent to Smashville for the first time in '10-11 when Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames come to town on Tuesday night. The teams split their four meetings last season, the last three all decided by two goals or less. Follow all the action live on the Nashville Predators Radio Network including flagship station 102.9 The Buzz.

Thursday -- Pittsburgh at Nashville
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and the Pittsburgh Penguins make a rare appearance in Smashville on Thursday night. In addition to being the second College Night of the season, Thursday’s game is also Hockey Fights Cancer Night. The Preds will be donating 25% of every single-game ticket sold to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in addition to holding countless other awareness and fundraising events throughout the evening. Be sure to wear your lavender to support Hockey Fights Cancer! If you can't make it to Bridgestone Arena, follow all the action live on Fox Sports Tennessee or listen on the Nashville Predators Radio Network.

Saturday -- Preds at Dallas
The first leg of a back-to-back set, Nashville will visit Dallas on Saturday night. The new-look Dallas Stars (franchise centerpiece Mike Modano is now in Detroit and long-time goalie Marty Turco is in Chicago) enter the week as one of only two undefeated teams in the league. Be sure to catch all of the action on the Nashville Predators Radio Network.

Sunday -- Preds at Tampa Bay
The Preds play their first Eastern Conference road game of the season when they faceoff against Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. These two teams only faced off once last season with Nashville walking away with the decisive 7-4 win at home, highlighted by a five-goal second period outburst. It's a 5 pm CT start on Sunday, so tune in early to coverage on SportSouth or 102.9 The Buzz and the Predators Radio Network.
This Week...
The Nashville Predators have a busy four-game week on the schedule, opening at home during the middle of the week and then closing with a back-to-back road set this weekend. The Preds are 1-0-1 through the first two games of a four-game home stand with the final two games on Tuesday and Thursday this week. The team then hits the road for a set of back-to-back games at Dallas on Saturday and at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Hockey Fights Cancer...
As part of the NHL's month-long Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the Preds are hosting their HFC game on Thursday, October 21. A portion of the proceeds from single-game ticket sales, as well as profits from the Foundation Auction Table will be donated to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Additionally, the Preds organization has invited several families effected by pediatric cancer to come out to the hockey game as special guests of the organization. For more information or to make a special donation, click here or log on to

Injury Report...
  • Pekka Rinne and Martin Erat skated during practice on Monday. Rinne is expected to re-join the lineup for Tuesday's game. Erat is expected to re-join the squad this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday.
  • Jamie Lundmark remains out.
  • Marcel Goc and Matthew Lombardi are both on Injured Reserve. Neither is expected to play this week.
The Week That Was...
The team is off to a 3-0-1 start so far this season and is just one of four teams in the league without a regulation loss. The most satisfying mark in the ‘w’ column came on Tuesday in Chicago with Joel Ward scoring the game winning goal with just 26.7 seconds left in regulation. Goalie Anders Lindback was an integral part in Nashville earning five of a possible six points last week, starting in net for all three games. He stopped 86 of 94 shots (.915 save percentage) over the three game stretch, including a 31-save performance against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

Cal O'Reilly led the Predators with four points (0g-4a)on the week, while Steve Sullivan paced the squad with three goals. J-P Dumont (1g-2a) and Colin Wilson (1g-2a) also chipped in three points in the three games last week.

This Week In Preds History...
October 19, 1998: Preds Get 1st Win Against Division-Rival Detroit
The Central Division provides the Predators’ fiercest rivals, and no team gets Nashville blood boiling quite like the Detroit Red Wings. A powerhouse in the NHL for as long as Nashville has been a part of the league, Detroit won every game against the Preds in their home arena, the Joe Louis Arena, over the teams’ first two seasons (1998-99 & 1999-00) of head-to-head competition. On October 19, 2000, Nashville’s first trip to Joe Louis in 2000-01, the Predators wrote a new chapter in this burgeoning rivalry. With Detroit goaltender Manny Legace pulled for an extra attacker, the Wings’ Sergei Fedorov tied the game at 1-1 with only four seconds remaining in regulation, spoiling an astounding 45-save performance from Nashville netminder Mike Dunham. But Nashville’s top scorer, Cliff Ronning, made all right in Pred nation. The 5-8, 165-pounder solved Legace with a tough-angle shot 1:51 into overtime. Ronning’s goal silenced the 19,995 Motown faithful, and Nashville captured a 2-1 victory, its first of several memorable wins at the Joe.

Preds Play of The Week...
Watch  -- Joel Ward's game-winning goal with 26.7 seconds left in regulation at Chicago.
Watch -- Steve Sullivan's one-timer to open the scoring vs. St. Louis.

Prospect of the Week...
Craig Smith -- A member of Nashville's 2009 draft class, Craig Smith dished out five assists in Wisconsin's two-game weekend sweep over Alabama-Huntsville, including a helper on the game's opening goal on Sunday.

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