The Week Ah-Pred: Central Showdowns

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 1:45 PM / Features
By Jimi Russell  - Nashville Predators


The Nashville Predators return home after a three-game road swing to take on Central Division rivals the Winnipeg Jets (Thu.) and Minnesota Wild (Sat.) later this week. Every point counts in the quest for the playoffs in the reformatted Central, and with a seven-game road swing looming on the horizon, the Preds need to close out the week with victories.


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Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators – Thursday, 7 p.m. CT


The Preds and Jets will face off for the first of two meetings at Bridgestone Arena. These two teams met just four days prior in Winnipeg, during the Preds first-ever trip to the Central Division’s most northern city. The Preds tallied three goals in the contest and goaltender Carter Hutton recorded his first career win, turning aside 38-of-39 shots against. It was also the first time the Preds have beat an opponent by more than a goal this season.

Thursday night is College Night presented by Jack in the Box! With a college ID, fans will receive either an upper bowl ticket for $15 or a lower bowl ticket and a "College" gold shirt for $30. There will also be drink specials offered through the first intermission.

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St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators – Saturday, 7 p.m. CT

The Blues and Preds meet for the first time season on Bridgestone Arena ice after the Blues bested the Preds on Oct. 3 in the season opener for both teams. Mike Fisher tallied the first goal of the season late in the first period, and David Legwand followed suit in the second, but Nashville fell to St. Louis, 4-2.

Saturday night is also Hockey Fights Cancer night at Bridgestone Arena. All silent auction proceeds, donations collected at the doors, Mystery Pucks, Mystery Sticks and autographed practice jerseys worn by Preds players will benefit the Nashville Predators Pediatric Cancer Research Fund. Stop by the silent auction table at section 106/107 to purchase a Hockey Fights Cancer scarf. You can also help by making a contribution to support the cause by texting CHILDREN to 27722.



Roman Josi remains sidelined with a concussion.
Pekka Rinne is on IR with a hip injury.









In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Felix Girard (fourth round, 2013) is riding a four-game point streak (1g-2a), and has compiled 14 points (3g-11a) and a +9 rating through Baie-Comeau’s first 13 games of the season. The Drakkar’s captain has picked up where he left off a season ago, when he was better than a point-per-game player, posting 61 points (23g-38a) and a +18 rating in 58 games. Girard’s performance in 2012-13 earned him the Guy Carbonneau Trophy as the QMJHL’s Best Defensive Forward.


MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 19: Seth Jones #3 of the Nashville Predators celebrates after scoring a goal in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game on October 19, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

 




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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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