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The Week Ahead... (Nov. 14)

Monday, 11.14.2011 / 2:51 PM / News
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The Week Ahead... (Nov. 14)
What to Watch For...
Tuesday – Nashville vs Washington Capitals
Predators playoff hero Joel Ward makes his return to Nashville as he, superstar Alexander Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals come to town on Tuesday. These teams have met four times since the start of the 2008-09 season, with the Capitals pulling out all four in either overtime or a shootout. Patric Hornqvist has two assists in three career games against Washington and Martin Erat has six assists in nine games against the Caps. 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 7:00pm/CT. Reminder, Tuesday night is a Daily's SuperTuesday game with special offers for lower bowl and upper bowl tickets.

Wednesday – Preds Around Town
Pekka Rinne and Patric Hornqvist will be at a charity wine tasting at Bound'ry
(6:30 pm start) & Blake Geoffrion and Matt Halischuk will be at Dollar General (2174 Gallatin Pike North, Madison, TN) from 4:30-5:30 pm. 

Wednesday – G.O.A.L! Registration
Registration opens for the December G.O.A.L! sessions
at both A-Game Sportsplex and Centennial Sportsplex. Click here for more

Thursday – Nashville vs Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs, a rare Eastern Conference opponent, make their way to Nashville on Thursday. These two teams only met once last season, with Toronto getting the 5-4 victory. David Legwand led the Preds in points with two assists. Nashville picked up goals from four separate players for the game. 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 7:00pm/CT. Thursday is also another College Night, presented by Taco Bell. Every Thursday, with proof of a college ID, receive an upper bowl ticket for $15 or a lower bowl ticket for $25. Drink specials will be offered to all those in attendance through the first intermission. Also, stop by the plaza starting at 4:30pm/CT for a plaza party!

Thursday – Second Harvest Food Bank Collection Drive
The Nashville Predators and Second Harvest Food Bank will be collecting food donations on Thursday, November 17th and Saturday, November 19th at Bridgestone Arena before the game! Fans are encouraged to bring items to the front door collection areas. The most needed items are peanut butter, canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta and cereal.

Saturday – Nashville vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Familiar Central Division opponent Columbus Blue Jackets visit Bridgestone on Saturday night. The Preds are 1-0-0 against the Jackets this season. Ryan Suter had two points (1g,1a) in the 3-2 win and forward Matt Halischuk netted the game-winning goal. Radio coverage for the game will be on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5 The Game. Puck drops at 7:00pm/CT. Saturday is also a Family Four Pack Night, presented by McDonald’s. The McDonald’s Family Four Pack is a great way for families to experience Smashville for an affordable price. This ticket package includes 4 upper level tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 soft drinks for only $99. Order your tickets today by visiting www.nashvillepredators.com/mcdonalds. Also, stop by the plaza starting at 4:30pm/CT for a disco plaza party!

Saturday – Second Harvest Food Bank Collection Drive
This is the second of two nights the Nashville Predators and Second Harvest Food Bank will be collecting food donations at Bridgestone Arena before the game! Fans are encouraged to bring items to the front door collection areas. The most needed items are peanut butter, canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta and cereal.
This Week...
The Preds open a very busy week with three home games, several community appearances, and the start of annual holiday initiatives. Alex Ovechkin and former Preds Tomas Vokoun & Joel Ward visit Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday when the Washington Capitals come to town. The Toronto Maple Leafs will make their way to Nashville on Thursday and Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets will close out the week with a game on Saturday.


Injury Report
  • Kevin Klein, Sergei Kostitsyn and Nick Spaling all returned from injuries last week. Each is no longer listed on the Preds injury report.
  • David Legwand is out with an upper body injury suffered Nov. 8 at Los Angeles. He has missed the last two games and will miss Tuesday's game against Washington; Legwand will be re-evaluated Wednesday to determine his status for the games later in the week.
  • Teemu Laakso is on Injured Reserve retroactive to Nov. 8 with an upper body injury; he is eligible to be activated off IR on Nov. 16.

The Week That Was...
Nashville closed out their west coast road swing last week and also celebrated the 1,000th game in franchise history at home on Saturday. In Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Preds scored three or more goals for the eighth time this season, in a 4-3 loss to the Kings. Rookie goaltender Anders Lindback made his first start of the season and rookie Craig Smith scored his fifth goal of the season. After the game against the Kings, the Preds traveled straight to Anaheim for a match-up against the Ducks on Wednesday night. Nashville improved to 2-0-0 in back-to-back situations in the 4-2 win. This improved Nashville’s road record to 6-3-1 on the road this season. Martin Erat was awarded the 23rd penalty shot in franchise history and converted, giving the Predators their seventh penalty shot goal in history.

The Preds celebrated their 1,000th game in franchise history at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night against a very fitting opponent, the Montreal Canadiens, the oldest team in the NHL. The game featured a ceremonial puck drop with original captain Tom Fitzgerald, original goalie Mike Dunham, and the Preds first-ever draft pick David Legwand. Nashville picked up a point in the 2-1 OT loss.

Craig Smith (3g-1a) and Patric Hornqvist (1g-3a) led the offense with four points each on the week. In net, Pekka Rinne stopped 54-of-58 shots (.931 save%) with a 1.95 goals against average in two starts during the week.


Plays of the Week...
  Pekka Rinne's  Game-Saving stop with 20 seconds left in regulation vs. Montreal
  Martin Erat's Shorthanded Penalty Shot goal at Anaheim
  Craig Smith's Bankshot goal at Anaheim


2:00 for Tweeting...
Jordin Tootoo (JTootoo22) - Nice to have my sister in town for a week !!! She may be the loudest fan tomorrow night so watch out for her. She's a feisty one !! (Nov. 11)

Blake Geoffrion (BlakeGeoffrion) - Huge win tonight. Great way to end the road trip. Congrats to smitty with another three point night. #leadingrookiescorer #badgers (Nov. 11)

Mike Fisher (mikefisher1212) - Thanks to dvr I just watched cma's. Great show as usual! Carrie and @BradPaisley killed it again #proudoverachievinghusband (Nov. 10)

Jon Blum (jonblum7) - Heading out to get the new call of duty gonna put in a serious gaming session today #dayoff (Nov. 10)

Michael Latta (Latta17) - At our new fav restaurant thai-namite w @rjosi90 and @taybeckone9. #hiddengem. I mean this place is good... Real good (Nov. 8)


Prospect of the Week...
Josh Shalla -- A fourth round pick by Nashville in this summer's NHL Entry Draft, Shalla scored two goals and two assists in three games for Saginaw (OHL) last week. After missing much of the early parts of the OHL season, Shalla has had a strong return to action and now has three goals and six points in six games played this season. Shalla had 47 goals and 72 points in 68 games last season, ranking fifth in the OHL in goals scored.

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