The Week Ahead... (Oct. 17)

Monday, 10.17.2011 / 3:42 PM / News
Nashville Predators
What to Watch For...
Monday – Nashville at Edmonton
The Nashville Predators begin their first of two Western Canada swings tonight at Rexall Place, a venue they’ve posted an 8-1-1 record in since the start of the 2006-07 season. Ryan Suter led all Predators in points against Edmonton a season ago with three assists in four games and Patric Hornqvist has posted eight points in nine career games vs. the Oilers. 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 8:30pm/CT.

Thursday – Nashville at Vancouver
The Preds continue their Western Canada swing with a match-up against Western Conference rival Vancouver Canucks. Nashville went .500 against Vancouver last season, splitting the four match-ups 2-2. Martin Erat lead the team with four points over the four games. Thursday’s game will be televised on Sport South with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5 The Game. Puck drops at 9:00pm/CT.

Saturday – Nashville at Calgary
The Preds wrap up their three-game road trip with an early afternoon faceoff against the Calgary Flames. Nashville struggled to skate away with a win against the Flames last season, going 0-2-2 over the four match-ups. Forward Martin Erat, again, topped the points list over the four games. David Legwand matched Erat’s point total against the Flames with three. Saturday’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 3:00pm/CT.
This Week...
The Nashville Predators head out on their first of two Western Conference swings of the season this week. Games start in Edmonton tonight with a tilt against the Oilers before heading to Vancouver on Thursday to take on the Canucks. The week wraps up on Saturday against the Calgary Flames with an afternoon game.

Injury Report
  • Francis Bouillon is week-to-week recovering from an upper body injury suffered last season. Bouillon returned to full practices last week and made the trip to Western Canada with the team.
  • Martin Erat is day-to-day with an upper body injury suffered in the Season Opener at Columbus, but did not make the trip to Western Canada with the team.
  • Mike Fisher is week-to-week after having off-season shoulder surgery. Fisher has begun full practices with the team, but did not make the trip to Western Canada with the team.
  • Patric Hornqvist missed one game last week with a lower body injury, but returned to the lineup for Saturday's game against New Jersey.

The Week That Was...
Nashville went 0-1-1 last week during their Opening Weekend in Smashville. On Thursday night during the home opener the Preds fell to Phoenix 5-2. One highlight from the game came from veteran forward David Legwand. Nashville has a total of nine goals in three games, and Legwand has a point in seven of them. On Saturday against the New Jersey Devils, Nashville jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead with goals by Colin Wilson and Jerred Smithson. A late flurry by New Jersey saw the game head to overtime, with New Jersey taking away the two points in the shootout.

Legwand’s assist on Wilson’s goal gave him a part in eight of Nashville’s 11 goals this season. Sergei Kostitsyn has an assist in each of Nashville’s four games.


Plays of the Week...
  Colin Wilson's  Power-Play Goal vs. New Jersey
  Pekka Rinne's Save on Parise vs. New Jersey


Seen On Social Media...
Jon Blum (JonBlum7) – Off to Canada! (Oct. 16)

Blake Geoffrion (BlakeGeoffrion) - Home opener tomorrow. #cantwait (Oct. 12)

Mike Fisher (mikefisher1212) - “@PredsNHL: Mike Fisher and a young fan at Meet the Team! #Preds http://yfrog.com/nyk88xgj ”thx to all the fans who came out tonight! (Oct. 11)

Jordin Tootoo (JTootoo22) - Thanks to all our fans who came to #wholefoods tonight !! Thanks for all your support. (Oct. 12)

Taylor Beck (taybeckone9) - Had a great day training and hanging out with the navy seals #teambonding #peskyads #begger (Oct. 17)


Prospect of the Week...
Charles-Olivier Roussel -- A member of the organization's vaunted 2009 draft class, Roussel has started strong with five points and a +11 plus/minus rating in his first five games with Saint John.  Roussel ranks in the top-10 in the QMJHL in plus/minus during the early going and is also one of the few defensemen in the league averaging a point per game. Saint John is the defending QMJHL and Memorial Cup champs coached by former NHL player and head coach Gerard Gallant.


Photo of the Week...
Here's your chance to be heard; come up with a caption for the photo below. Best submissions will be included in next week's column. Send entries in through twitter with the hashtag #PredsPhoto 

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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