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The Week Ahead... (Dec. 12)

Monday, 12.12.2011 / 11:13 AM CT / News
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The Week Ahead... (Dec. 12)
What to Watch For...
Tuesday – Nashville vs Calgary Flames
Nashville is 1-1-0 against the Flames so far this season, with both match-ups being on Canadian soil. Both teams have shut out the other when they picked up the ‘w’. Tuesday is also a Daily’s Super Tuesday night. 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. 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.
Toys for Tots Toy Drive: The Nashville Predators and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation will be collecting new, unwrapped toys before the game!

Thursday – Nashville vs Detroit Red Wings
Nashville will face-off against Central Division rival Detroit Red Wings on Thursday for the Wings first visit to Nashville of the season. These two teams have met once so far this season, in Detroit. The Wings picked up the 4-1 victory in that game so Nashville will be looking for revenge in the five match-ups still to come.
Thursday is also another College Night, presented by Taco Bell. 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. 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.

Saturday – Nashville vs St Louis Blues
Nashville will face-off against another Central Division rival on Saturday, the St Louis Blues. Nashville has won the only match-up against the Blues so far this season. Kevin Klein picked up the game-winner in that game and David Legwand led the team in points with two goals and two assists. Saturday is also a McDonald’s Family Four Pack night. 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.
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.

This Week...
Nashville will continue at home with three games at Bridgestone Arena. The team looks to turn around its home record, starting with a game against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. Then on Thursday, the Preds Central Division rival Detroit Red Wings come to Nashville. The week closes out against another Central Division opponent, the St. Louis Blues, on Saturday.

Injury Report
  • Blake Geoffrion is on injured reserve with an upper body injury suffered Nov. 22 at Edmonton.

The Week That Was...
The Preds spent most of last week at home, with two games at Bridgestone Arena and one game away against the Blue Jackets. At home on Tuesday against Phoenix, both teams were tied 1-1 heading into the third period. The Coyotes struck first and last in the period, pulling out the 3-2 win. Nashville tied the score at 12:53 of the third on a goal by Shea Weber before Keith Yandle gave the Coyotes the lead, and ultimately the win, with just two minutes to go. Thursday’s game in Columbus was one for the books in Nashville history. Nashville was down 3-1 in the final two minutes of the third period before the Preds hit a switch, scored two goals in the final 1:36 of regulation, and escaped with a 4-3 win after Colin Wilson netted the game-winner at 1:45 of overtime. It was a gutsy, come-from-behind victory for the Preds, who appeared on their way to a three-game losing streak. After starting goalie Pekka Rinne raced to the bench, Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:36 to go in the third to cut the lead to 3-2. Then with 12.1 seconds to go, Sergei Kostitsyn scored on the power play to knot it at 3-3 and force overtime. In the extra session, Martin Erat fed a perfect pass to Wilson, who knocked it home for the win. On Saturday against Anaheim, Nashville picked up the 3-2 win on a game-winning goal by Jordin Tootoo. Rookie defenseman Roman Josi scored his first career NHL goal at 2:33 of the third and Nashville its first lead of the game before Tootoo put one home to give the Preds the lead and the win.

The Preds had balanced scoring last week with nine different players netting a goal. Martin Erat paced the offense with four points, followed by defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber with three points each.

Plays of the Week...
  Roman Josi's first career NHL goal
  Sergei Kostitsyn's overtime forcing goal with 12.1 seconds left in regulation at Columbus

2:00 for Tweeting...
Mike Fisher (mikefisher1212) - Great effort by all the guys tonight. Man that one felt good! (Dec. 8)

Michael Latta (Latta17) - What a comeback by smashville. Must have all been @rjosi90. #missyou (Dec. 8)

Brian McGrattan (bigern10) - I got 2 tickets for the Calgary game if one of y'all has a pic of there Nashville big ern jersey! (Dec. 9)

Jordin Tootoo (JTootoo22) - Another gutsie effort by the boys tonight !! Always nice to contribute and it feels amazing to be back in the line up. #TeamTootooFund (Dec. 10)

Taylor Beck (taybeckone9) - Congrats @rjosi90 on first NHL goal. #missya #roomiesForever (Dec. 10)

Jon Blum (JonBlum7) - Big win tonight for the boys congrats to Roman Josi on his first NHL Goal day off tomorrow watching football all day (Dec. 10)

Prospect of the Week...
Miikka Salomaki -- A second round pick by the Preds in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Salomaki has been a solid contributor in the Finnish Elite League this season, posting eight goals and 17 points with a +9 plus/minus rating in 27 games with Karpat. He's averaging over 16 minutes a game this season playing in one of the top men's leagues in Europe. Last week Salomaki was named to Team Finland for the upcoming World Junior Championships; he's expected to play a leading role for Finland during the tournament.





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