The Week Ahead... (Feb. 6)
Monday, 02.06.2012 / 3:03 PM / Features
|What to Watch For...|
|Tuesday- Nashville vs Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks make their first trip in to Nashville since last season's playoff series. The teams have split their two meetings in Vancouver earlier this season, including a wild 6-5 Preds win in the most recent match-up on Dec. 1. Tuesday is also a Daily’s Super Tuesday night at Bridgestone. Packages include 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 (Comcast HD 1675) with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5FM The Game. Puck drops at 7:00pm/CT.
Thursday- Nashville @ Ottawa Senators
This will be the Preds first visit to Canada’s capital this year, Mike Fisher's first game back in Ottawa since his trade to Nashville. The Sens won the only meeting last season, but the Preds did win in their last trip to Ottawa, a 6-5 OT win at the start of the 2009-10 season. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Tennessee (Comcast HD 1675) with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5FM The Game. Puck drops at 6:30pm/CT.
Saturday- Nashville @ Boston Bruins
In another first match-up of the season, the Preds will head to Boston to take on the Stanley Cup Champion Bruins on Saturday. Nashville picked up the 4-3 OT win against the Bruins in their one meeting last year. Shea Weber netted the game winner and Pekka Rinne picked up the win for Nashville. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Tennessee (Comcast HD 1675) with radio coverage on the Preds Radio Network including flagship station 102.5FM The Game. Puck drops at 12pm/CT.
Nashville has three games this week, opening at home against Western Conference rival Vancouver before heading out on the road to face a couple of Eastern Conference opponents. On Thursday the team visits the Ottawa Senators and then wrap up the week on Saturday with an early afternoon game against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins.
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The Week That Was...
The Preds came out of the All-Star Break with a 2-1-0 record, winning both games against Western Conference playoff contenders. Nashville posted a come-from-behind win at Minnesota in the first game out of the Break, rallying from down three goals to score the game-tying goal with 3:00 left in the third period and then netting the game-winner with 20.8 seconds left in regulation. After falling at Philadelphia on Thursday night, the Preds returned home on Saturday to edge the St. Louis Blues at Bridgestone Arena and leapfog back into the No. 4 seed in the Conference Playoff race.
Martin Erat paced the offense on the week with four points, highlighted by a one-goal, two-assist night in Saturday's win over St. Louis. Mike Fisher scored a team-high three goals on the week, including the game-winner at Minnesota on Tuesday. Matt Halischuk and Sergei Kostitsyn both picked up three-point weeks with a goal and two assists each. Pekka Rinne won both of his starts on the week, including a season-high 42 saves on Saturday night.
Plays of the Week...
Mike Fisher's game-tying goal at Minnesota
Craig Smith's assist on Ryan Suter's goal at Philadelphia
Pekka Rinne made several highlight reel saves on the week. Check out some of his top highlights from the week:
Game-saver late in the thrid period against Minnesota's Matt Cullen
Back-to-back robberies against St. Louis defenseman Kris Russell
Shoulder shrug save early against St. Louis
2:00 for Tweeting...
Jordin Tootoo (Jtootoo22) - Thanks again for all the BDay wishes. Very nice of all of you to do that. Means alot to me. (Feb. 3)
Brian McGrattan (bigern10) - best fans I have seen in 10 years of pro hockey at tonight's game! #predsfansrock (Feb. 4)
Michael Latta (latta17) - Little dinner then off to the bc to watch the ads beat up on some rivermen. #peskyads (Feb. 3)
Jon Blum (JonBlum7) - Free stories at the airport starring @BlakeGeoffrion #priceless (Feb. 4)
Scott Ford (SFordy4) - If listening to @BlakeGeoffrion tell stories all morning can't bring a smile to your face, nothing can. #kidispriceless (Feb. 4)
Prospect of the Week...
Josh Shalla -- A member of Nashville's 2011 draft class, Shalla ranks among the OHL league leaders in goals this season, including a two-goal and four-point showing in three games last week. Shalla assisted on the game-winning goal in Saginaw's win on Sunday and netted key insurance goals in both Saturday's and Sunday's wins. He has points in 12 of Saginaw's last 13 games, including a 10-game point streak to close out the month of January. For the season, Shalla is averaging 1.39 points per game with 50 points in just 36 games.