The Week Ahead For The Nashville Predators

This will take some getting used to.

After a tense week of games featuring likely upcoming playoff opponents, the Nashville Predators can look ahead to facing three teams against whom they may not be quite as concerned about game-planning. Line combinations, defense pairings, and overall team play will be worth watching as the Preds aim to keep things humming after going 3-0-1 last week.

So let's take a look at what's next on the menu...

Monday vs. Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles comes to Bridgestone Arena sporting their shiny new toy, center Jeff Carter, obtained via trade from Columbus. The question is, will they make any other moves prior to this game, like trading away their captain Dustin Brown? While they linger on the bring of the playoffs (two points out with a game in hand as of this writing), the Kings have been a massive disappointment this season.


Jeff Carter

#77 / Center / Los Angeles Kings

6-3

200

Jan 01, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
2011 - Jeff Carter 40 15 10 25 -11 14 8 0 1 134 11.1

Tuesday at Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have been another under-performing squad, in last place of the Eastern Conference for most of the season, having only recently passed up Montreal to vacate the basement. Unlike many other teams in such a position, however, the Canes have locked up a number of their upcoming free agents with new contracts, rather than ship them out for picks & prospects via trade. Tim Gleason and Tuomo Ruutu could have been among the most coveted players on the market, but instead they'll be part of Carolina's future.


Tuomo Ruutu

#15 / Left Wing / Carolina Hurricanes

6-0

200

Feb 16, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
2011 - Tuomo Ruutu 57 17 13 30 +3 40 2 0 1 128 13.2

Saturday at Florida Panthers

The Southeast Division has been surprising all season long, and the Florida Panthers have found themselves in the thick of a 3-team fight for what might be that division's only playoff spot. Can the addition of former role players from Nashville help lead Florida back to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years?


Marcel Goc

#57 / Center / Florida Panthers

6-1

202

Aug 24, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
2011 - Marcel Goc 36 5 10 15 +1 6 2 0 1 54 9.3

So what are your expectations for this week?

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