Monday, March 21, 2011

Home Sweet Home in Huge Week

The Nashville Predators have the biggest week in the history of the franchise this week. They will play host to Edmonton, Anaheim, and Dallas this week and six huge points will be on the line.

Edmonton has given the Predators fits this year. The Oilers have defeated the Predators twice, with one of the wins coming in Nashville by a 4-0 score on February 7th. Edmonton is currently 30th in the league, and on paper should be an easy out for the Predators. However, it's clear by now they won't be easy. Edmonton is a team that Nashville is going to have to take seriously and get two points from.

On Thursday, Anaheim makes their first visit to Nashville since opening night on October 9th. The Preds won that game 4-1, but the line-up is completely different now than it was in that game for Nashville. Matthew Lombardi, Steve Sullivan, Cal O'Reilly, Francis Bouillon, and Marcel Goc were all playing in that game. They will not be on Thursday night. Nashville is 2-1 against the Ducks so far this season, and Thursday night's matchup is huge. Currently, Anaheim is just one point behind Nashville with one fewer game played.

Dallas comes to town on Saturday for a huge tilt with the Preds. Nashville is 2-1 against the Stars this year, but Dallas won the latest meeting between the two teams on February 26th in comeback fashion. The Stars are also currently one point behind the Preds with one fewer game played.

Nashville really needs to capitalize on this homestand to put some distance between Anaheim and Dallas, and to compensate for the game in hand that they both have on Nashville. The good part is that the Predators have played well in their home building lately. This truly will be the biggest week in the history of the franchise. A successful week this week could mean the difference in a playoff birth and being on the outside looking end when the regular season is over.

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