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The Week Ahead... (Sept. 26)

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Wednesday Washington at Nashville

The Preds and Capitals close out their preseason series with a rematch in Nashville. The Preds won the first meeting 2-0 in Baltimore last week. The game will be broadcast on the Preds Radio Network with flagship 102.5 The Game. A live stream of the video will also be available on

Friday-Sunday (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) - Preds Fest
2011 PredsFest will run from Friday through Sunday with events and appearances throughout the Nashville area, including open skates and open practices at Bridgestone Arena.

– Nashville at Winnipeg
The Preds make their first trip to Winnipeg, the team's final road game of the preseason. Preds Head Coach Barry Trotz and forward Colin Wilson both have strong ties to the Winnipeg area. This will mark the second meeting between the two teams this preseason; Nashville rallied from a 2-0 first period defecit to beat Winnipeg 4-3 at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night. 

Saturday – Nashville vs. Carolina
The Preds close out their preseason schedule with a home contest against the Carolina Hurricanes, the second meeting of the preseason between the two teams. Nashville won the first match-up on Friday night in Raleigh by a 3-2 count. After this game, the Preds will have a five-day break before opening the regular season.

Saturday – LP Pencil Box School Supply Drive at Bridgestone Arena
The Nashville Predators and the Pencil Foundation’s LP Pencil Box will be collecting school supplies at Bridgestone Arena before the Preds/Hurricanes game; backpacks, erasers, binders, and pencils are all welcome!
This Week...
The Preds close out their 2011 preseason slate this week with their final three games of the preseason, including home contests on Wednesday and Saturday sandwhiched around a Friday night game in Winnipeg.

The Week That Was...
Nashville went 4-1-0 in five preseason games last week, starting with a split of a doubleheader at Florida on Monday and carrying through road games against Washington and Carolina before closing the week with a home win over Winnipeg.

Colin Wilson led the way for Nashville with five points in three games played, followed by Chris Mueller (four games played) and Sergei Kostitsyn (two games played) with four points on the week. Mueller also paced the team with three goals on the week.

Shea Weber led team defensemen with three points on the week (in two games played).

The Preds used five different goaltenders on the week. Jeremy Smith saw the most action with a 1.50 goals against average in 80 minutes played (over three appearances). Pekka Rinne had the low goals against average on the week with a 1.33 GAA in 45 minutes played over two appearances.

Prospect of the Week...
Teemu Laakso -- With all of the attention and buzz about the Preds young defensemen, Laakso (only 24 years old himself) has slid under the radar this summer. Still, Laakso was one of just two Preds defensemen to appear in four games last week (with Ryan Ellis) and closed out the week with a team-best +3 plus/minus rating. Laakso made the Preds roster out of Training Camp last season (and appeared in the team's second road game of the year); based on the first week of camp this year, he's putting himself in position to make a strong run at a roster spot again this season.
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