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The Week Ahead... (Mar. 13)

Monday, 03.12.2012 / 12:41 PM / Features
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The Week Ahead... (Mar. 13)
What to Watch For...
Monday- Nashville @ Phoenix Coyotes
The Predators and Coyotes close out their season series tonight at Jobing.com Arena. The Predators have posted a road record of 10-13-2 against the Desert Dogs since the start of the 2003-04 campaign, while posting an overall record of 17-11-(1)-2 in the same span. 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 9:00pm/CT.

Thursday- Nashville @ San Jose Sharks
Nashville will be facing off against a desperate Sharks team on Thursday as San Jose sits just one point outside of a playoff berth. The Preds are 2-1-0 against the Sharks with Shea Weber leading the team with five points. 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 9:30pm/CT.

Saturday- Nashville @ LA Kings
Another team sitting just on the cusp of the playoffs is the LA Kings, who the Preds will meet on Saturday night. These two teams are familiar opponents, having met twice already in the last two weeks. 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 9:30pm/CT.

Sunday- Nashville @ Anaheim Ducks
Nashville will be looking to build on their season record of 3-0-0 against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at the back half of a back-to-back set. Colin Wilson and Patric Hornqvist are tied for the most points against the Ducks this season with four. 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.
This Week...
The Preds begin a four game West Coast road trip tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. The team then has two days to rest before beginning the California tour on Thursday against the San Jose Sharks. Games continue on Saturday in LA with a tilt against the Kings. The week closes out with the second game of a back-to-back set on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks.


Injury Report
  • Kevin Klein has missed the last 6 games with an upper body injury.

The Week That Was...
The Preds went 2-1-0 in their three-game home stand last week. The week started out with a close game with the LA Kings, a 5-4 Preds loss. Martin Erat notched his 15th goal of the season in the second period. Sergei Kostitsyn tallied Nashville’s third goal of the game and ranks among League leaders in shooting percentage this season. Nashville posted its eighth straight win over the Colorado Avalanche and sixth straight win over the Avs on home ice on Thursday at Bridgestone Arena. Brandon Yip notched his second goal of the season against his former team. Sergei Kostitsyn scored Nashville’s third goal of the game, giving him goals in back-to-back games. Martin Erat also posted goals in back-to-back games by adding an empty-netter to seal the win for the Preds. Nashville ended the week with a huge 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Nashville improved to 6-1-3 in its last 10 home games against Detroit. The new line of Andrei Kostitsyn, David Legwand and Patric Hornqvist powered the Preds in their win. Andrei Kostitsyn lit the lamp twice on the power play, giving him six points in five games as a Predator. Sergei Kostitsyn notched assists on both of his brother’s goals.

Eight different Preds skaters recorded multi-point weeks, led by the Kostitsyn brothers with four points each. Both Andrei and Sergei recorded matching 2 goal, 2 assist performances over the course of the week. Patric Hornqvist led the team with 3 goals on the week, while Ryan Suter paced team defensemen with three points (0g-3a) on the week.


Plays of the Week...
  The Kostitsyn Brothers combine for the first time with the Preds on a power-play goal vs. Detroit
  Ryan Suter's save against Colorado


2:00 for Tweeting...
Michael Latta (latta17) - Pesky ads are blowing up on twitter #tight group, family and much more... glad to see the boys making the most of twitter #chripfest (Mar. 9)

Brian McGrattan (bigern10) - goin to talk to some teen addicts about drug/alcohol abuse. hopefully get the message across!!! (Mar. 7)

Jon Blum (jonblum7)- Having a serious Brodown with the boys today asseemmmbbblleee (Mar. 9)

Jordin Tootoo (jtootoo22)- Off to PHX ! Couple documentary vids to kill 330 mins of flying. #roadwarrior (Mar. 11)

Hal Gill (skillsy75)- Week of Nashville tourism with my family is over. Back on the road! #GoPreds (Mar. 11)

Welcome to the Preds Twitter family: Jack Maclellan -- @jack_makoid and Ryan Thang -- @tanger09


Prospect of the Week...
Garrett Noonan -- A  fourth round pick by the Preds in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Noonan has been a key to Boston University's success this season -- and a big reason by BU is still in the mix to earn one of the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament this season. He finished last weekend with 2 goals and 2 assists in BU's come-from-behind three-game series win over New Hampshire to advance to the Hockey East Semifinals. Noonan was the savior for the Terriers in the deciding Game 3 with two second period goals as BU cut the UNH lead from 4-1 down to 4-3; he then assisted on the overtime forcing goal in the third period, setting the stage for BU's double-OT win to avoid elimination and advance in the tournament. For the season, Noonan has 16 goals and 26 points in 36 games, to go along with a +21 plus/minus rating, leading the nation in goals by a defenseman.


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