The Week Ahead... (Apr. 2)
Monday, 04.02.2012 / 1:45 PM / Features
|What to Watch For...|
|Tuesday- Nashville vs Minnesota Wild
Nashville has won the last two meetings against the Wild and will be looking to add to that number on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena. Jordin Tootoo leads the Preds with three points against Minnesota so far 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 7:00pm/CT.
Tuesday- School Supply Drive
The Nashville Predators and Backfield in Motion will be collecting school supplies on Tuesday before the game!
Thursday- Nashville vs Dallas Stars
The Dallas Stars make their final regular season visit to Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. These two teams could meet again in the post season as they are one of many opponents Nashville could match-up against in the first round. The Preds will be looking to go .500 against the Stars to end the regular season. Thursday also marks the final regular season home game for Nashville. It is Fan Appreciation Night and the fan favorite Shirts Off Our Back returns! All fans in attendance are eligible to win the chance to go down to center ice and get a jersey right off a players back. 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.
Saturday- Nashville @ Colorado Avalanche
Nashville will be looking to go 4-0-0 and sweep the season series against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night as they close out the regular season schedule. Martin Erat, Roman Josi and Mike Fisher all have three points against the Avs so far 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 8:00pm/CT.
Nashville will finish up the regular season this week with three huge games. Every point counts in the quest for home ice advantage. Games start at home on Tuesday for a match-up against the Minnesota Wild and continue on Thursday for Fan Appreciation Night against the Dallas Stars. The Preds close out the regular season on the road in Colorado on Saturday.
- no players missed time to injury last weekend.
The Week That Was...
The biggest win of the week came on Sunday night in Chicago, game two of a back-to-back set for the Preds. Nashville got a balanced offensive effort with six different goal scorers and points from 12 of its 20 skaters, including multi-point games from Mike Fisher, Matt Halischuk, Patric Hornqvist and Shea Weber. Nashville was shutout for just the third time this season on Tuesday in St Louis. Alexander Radulov led all Nashville forwards with 22:50 of ice time and has led Preds’ forwards in three of his four games played this season. Friday night made history for the Preds as they reached 500 wins in their 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Barry Trotz also posted their 500th victories with the franchise. Poile is the first General Manager in NHL history to guide two separate clubs to 500 wins. In the game Nashville picked up goals from Gabriel Bourque, Alexander Radulov and Francis Bouillon. The Preds played a hard-fought game on Saturday against Chicago, coming back from being four goals down, but still picked up the 4-5 loss. The team mounted a furious comeback to tie the score, 4-4, 7:10 into the third period behind a pair of goals from Shea Weber and a spectacular highlight reel score by Alexander Radulov. However, Chicago answered back later in the period and held on for the 5-4 win.
Five different Preds players posted multi-point weeks last week: defensemen Ryan Suter (3 assists) and Shea Weber (3 goals) and forwards David Legwand (3 assists), Andrei Kostitsyn (2 assists), and Alexander Radulov (2 goals, 1 assist).
Plays of the Week...
Pekka Rinne's diving glove save at Detroit
Alexander Radulov's one-on-two goal vs. Chicago
2:00 for Tweeting...
Brian Mcgrattan (bigern10)- goin fishin with @mikefisher1212 (Mar. 28)
Michael Latta (Latta17) - Big night tonight for the boys, I thought we was here a month ago? Bench brawl for the boys... Pesky ads staying strong as a unit. #loveit (Apr. 1)
Anthony Bitetto (abitetto7) - I am extremely happy to have signed with the Nashville Predators and be part of a great organization where winning is excepted. #Preds (Mar. 29)
Prospect of the Week...
Josh Shalla -- Shalla scored three goals and eight points in Saginaw's six-game series win in the first round of the OHL playoffs, finishing the series with a +7 plus/minus rating. Shalla scored arguably the biggest goal of the series, the overtime winner in Game 4 to even the series at 2-2; after winning the series opener, Saginaw had dropped the two previous games in overtime. Saginaw rolled to 5-2 and 3-1 wins in the final two games of the series, with Shalla posting an impressive +4 rating in the 5-2 Game 5 win. During the regular season, Shalla finished eighth in the OHL with 40 goals and 17th with 76 points.