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The Week Ahead... (Nov. 21)

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 12:07 PM CT / News
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The Week Ahead... (Nov. 21)
What to Watch For...
Tuesday – Nashville vs Edmonton Oilers
October’s NHL Rookie of the Month Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the Edmonton Oilers head to Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday. The two teams have met once this season in Edmonton, with the Oilers picking up the 3-1 win. Sergei Kostitsyn scored Nashville’s goal and Pekka Rinne stopped 22 of 24 shots, with Edmonton picking up their last goal in the empty net. Tuesday is also another Daily’s Super Tuesday. Buy your Daily's Super Tuesday package and receive 2 upper level tickets for $49 OR 2 lower level tickets for $99, along with a coupon for $5 off your Daily’s purchase. 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.

Wednesday – Nashville @ Minnesota Wild
In the back half of a back-to-back set, Nashville will head to Minnesota on Wednesday to face-off against the Wild. Nashville went 3-1-0 against the Wild in the 2010-11 season. David Legwand and former Pred Joel Ward led the team in points against the Wild over the four games with five points each. 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.

– Bridgestone Arena Black Friday Sale
The Preds and Bridgestone Arena open the holiday season with the annual Black Friday sale --- up to 50% off game and event tickets, parking specials, merchandise specials, and deals on Preds Suites.

Saturday – Nashville @ Detroit Red Wings
Nashville will face-off against familiar Central Division opponent Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. These two teams have yet to meet this season but will meet a total of six times in the duration of the season. Nashville went 4-1-1 against the Wings last season, splitting with two wins at home and two wins at Joe Louis Arena. Sergei Kostitsyn led the Preds in points against Detroit with seven. 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 6:00pm/CT.

This Week...
The Preds wrap up a five-game homestand with one game at home on Tuesday before spending the next five on the road. Nashville will take on the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena before heading out that night for Minnesota to take on the Wild on Wednesday. The Preds will have a two-day break for the Thanksgiving holiday before heading on to Detroit on Saturday to close out the week against the Red Wings.

Injury Report
  • David Legwand returned from injury last weekend and is no longer listed on the Preds injury report.
  • Teemu Laakso is on Injured Reserve retroactive to Nov. 8 with an upper body injury.

The Week That Was...
Nashville was in the midst of a five-game homestand with three games at Bridgestone Arena. The most thrilling win of the week came on Tuesday against Alex Ovechkin, Joel Ward and the Washington Capitals. Nashville scored the fastest two goals in team history – Colin Wilson (19:35) and Shea Weber (19:40) of the third period – to give Nashville the 3-1 win. Nashville scored all three goals in the third period and scored the game-tying or game-winning goal in the final minute of play for the first time since 2010. The Preds picked up a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a physical game on Thursday. Martin Erat posted his second consecutive two-point effort (2g), after posting a goal and an assist against Washington on Tuesday. Mike Fisher posted his second straight multi-assist game (2a) and Sergei Kostitsyn tied a career high with three points/assists. On Saturday against Columbus, the Blue Jackets picked up the OT win for their first win at Bridgestone Arena in 17 games. The Preds had beat the Jackets 17 consecutive times in Bridgestone Arena, which was the longest streak for any team in the NHL. Still, Nashville has earned six of a possible eight points during its first four games of this five-game home stand

Mike Fisher and Shea Weber paced the Preds offense with five points each. Martin Erat and Ryan Suter each contributed four points on the week, with Erat leading the way with three goals. Weber led the NHL with a +8 plus/minus rating on the week, followed by Ryan Suter at +7 (T-2nd) and Martin Erat at +4 (T-9th).

In net, Pekka Rinne made 102 saves to post a 2-0-1 mark with a 1.97 goals against average and .944 save percentage on the week. Rinne enters this week's play with a league-high 533 saves this season -- 49 more than the next goaltender -- along with a 2.22 GAA and .932 SV%.

Plays of the Week...
  Pekka Rinne's  3-on-5 save late in the first period against Washington
  Colin Wilson's Game-Winning goal with 24.3 seconds left against Washington
  Martin Erat's 2-on-1 goal from Mike Fisher against Toronto

2:00 for Tweeting...
Jordin Tootoo (JTootoo22) - Thank you to all my fans who came out to the radio show. (Nov. 16)

Blake Geoffrion (BlakeGeoffrion) - (RT JRandalWard42) Thanx for the standing O lastnite nashville fans...unexpected! Almost made a brotha shed a tear :) (Nov. 16)

Mike Fisher (mikefisher1212) - Great win tonight's for the boys! Thx Preds fans! U guys rock! (Nov. 17)

Brian McGrattan (bigern10)- just love chuckin em!!! now is time to go to war!!! #MW3 (Nov. 17)

Prospect of the Week...
Austin Watson -- The Preds 2010 First Round pick posted two goals and four points in three games for Peterborough (OHL) last week to extend his scoring streak to eight games. During the eight game streak he has five goals and five assists, including two shorthanded goals and two game-winning goals. This past week he netted an unassisted shorthanded goal in Thursday's 4-1 win and opened the scoring in Saturday's 3-1 victory as Peterborough has moved into a tie for the second best record in the OHL's Eastern Conference.





1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33