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The Week Ahead... (Feb. 13)

Monday, 02.13.2012 / 4:58 PM / Features
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The Week Ahead... (Feb. 13)
What to Watch For...
Monday - Meet, Greet & Grill
Visit the Hermitage Kroger (5544 Old Hickory Blvd, Hermitage, TN 37076) from 4:30-6:00pm this Monday for an autograph session with forwards Colin Wilson and Nick Spaling!
Tuesday- Nashville vs Chicago Blackhawks
Nashville has yet to lose in regulation to the Chicago Blackhawks this season (2-0-1) and will be looking to continue that trend on Tuesday night. Pekka Rinne has been in net for all three of those meetings and Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson have both picked up game winners. Tuesday is also a Daily’s Super Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. 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. All fans in attendance will receive a rally towel courtesy of Nissan. 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.

Wednesday- Predators Foundation GnashVegas Casino Gala & Auction
Join us for the Predators Foundation GnashVegas Casino Gala & Auction on Wednesday, February 15th. Fans are invited to mix and mingle at the casino tables with the Nashville Predators players and coaches who serve as guest dealers. You will enjoy delicious food from a variety of Nashville restaurants and delightful beverages from an open bar. This exciting event will feature an exclusive silent auction with autographed memorabilia, baskets with player favorites and once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Predators players and coaches. Limited tickets remain. Visit nashvillepredators.com/gala for your tickets today to try your luck in GnashVegas!!

Friday- Nashville @ Detroit Red Wings
Nashville will be looking to better their record of 1-2-0 against the Wings this season in the match-up in Hockey Town on Friday. These two teams will meet three more times this season in what are sure to be physical games with close scores. 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.

Sunday- Nashville @ Dallas Stars
Another team that Nashville has had some trouble with this season are the Dallas Stars. The Preds are 0-2-0 against the Stars so far and will need the crucial points to move up in the West. Martin Erat, David Legwand, Matt Halischuk and Gabriel Bourque all have goals against Dallas this 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 6pm/CT.
This Week...
It’s a big week as the Preds have games against three Western Conference opponents and will be looking to separate themselves from the tight race as much as possible. Starting on Tuesday at home, Nashville will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in what always promises to be an up-tempo, physical match-up. On Wednesday night the Preds will hang up their skates for the annual Predators Foundation GnashVegas Casino Gala & Auction. Fans are invited to mix and mingle at the casino tables with the Nashville Predators players and coaches who serve as guest dealers. After raising money for charity, the Preds will spend the weekend on the road with a stop in Detroit on Friday and Dallas on Sunday to close out the week.


Injury Report
  • Brian McGrattan missed the past 2 games with an upper body injury. McGrattan skated on Monday.

The Week That Was...
The Preds played three 4-3 games last week, including a pair of shootouts. Against Vancouver at home on Tuesday, Nashville picked up a point in the 4-3 shootout loss. Colin Wilson, Mike Fisher and David Legwand all put pucks in the net for Nashville and the Predators fired 40 shots on goal, their second-highest total of the season. The Preds picked up another 4-3 loss on Thursday in Ottawa. Gabriel Bourque opened the scoring for Nashville with his second goal of the season and Shea Weber led the team --- and tied his season-high mark --- with six shots on goal. It was another nail-biter on Saturday with the same score they had seen all week as Nashville picked up a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. For much of the game, Nashville struggled to cleanly get the puck out of its own zone. Clearing attempts became turnovers, which became Boston shots. While the Predators righted the ship a bit as the game progressed, the trend was evident in the Bruins’ shot advantages per period: 16 to 6 in the first; 10 to 7 in the second; 14-6 in the third. The Predators outshot the Bruins 3-1 in the extra session, but neither team scored in the five-minute period. Nashville closed the week with a 32-18-6 mark, good for 70 points in the standings.

Patric Hornqvist led the team with four points in three games on the week and tied for team honors with two goals. Mike Fisher also netted a pair of goals on the week, while finishing with a team-best +4 plus/minus rating. Ryan Suter skated in almost 90 minutes of game action on the week, averaging 29:54 per game to raise his average ice time this month to 28:23, second-highest in the NHL.


Plays of the Week...
  Pekka Rinne and Shea Weber combine to stop Boston's late scoring attempt
  Sergei Kostitsyn's deflection goal against Vancouver


2:00 for Tweeting...
Jordin Tootoo (Jtootoo22) - Just landed in Nashville. Tough loss in Boston. Off to the Vandy BBall game should be a packed house ! #Letsgovandy ! (Feb. 11)

Michael Latta (latta17) - 14 more followers till 1500.. does that make me a somebody or do you have to be on @JonBlum7 level to be viewed as a somebody #itsforthekids (Feb. 11)

Mike Fisher (mikefisher1212)- Thank for the warm reception Ottawa fans! Much appreciated! (Feb. 9)

Jeremy Smith (JeremySmith30) - It was an honor to meet the Iraq War Veteran after tonights game. Him & his family are amazing people.Thanks to all the service men & women. (Feb. 8)


Prospect of the Week...
Zach Budish -- A second round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Budish posted 2 goals and 1 assist in two games this weekend for the University of Minnesota. Earlier in the week he was recognized with a WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award (min. 3.5 GPA for two consecutive semesters). On Friday night, Budish picked up two points with a goal and an assist in Minnesota's 3-5 loss at Denver. On Saturday he responded with a goal and team-high five shots in a 3-4 overtime decision. The power-forward has been a key member on University of Minnesota's top line this season with 8 goals, 25 points and a +17 plus/minus rating. Budish's career development has been slowed by a pair of knee injuries -- one the year before he was drafted and another suffered early last season -- but there appears to be no long-term negative effects and he appears to be back to playing a physical "big man's game."


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