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The Week Ahead... (Feb. 6)

Monday, 02.6.2012 / 2:03 PM CT / Features
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The Week Ahead... (Feb. 6)
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.
This Week...
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.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61