February 2, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Andrew Desjardins (10) fights for the puck with Nashville Predators defenseman Scott Hannan (22) and center David Legwand (11) during the second period at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators Schedule: Week 4

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With three weeks down in the 2013 NHL schedule the Nashville Predators have alternately looked awful and excellent, with no warning as to which side will show up on a given night. Pekka Rinne has been the glue holding an otherwise shaky team together, but even he has his limits. It look likely that he’ll pick up all three starts during Week 4, against three Pacific Division teams he’s already faced once each this season.

2013 NASHVILLE PREDATORS SCHEDULE

WEEK 4

February 12th
vs San Jose Sharks (7-2-2)
7:00 p.m. CST

The only team in the Western Conference that has outscored its opponents by more than the San Jose Sharks is Chicago. The last time they faced Nashville they only managed one goal but still picked up a point after losing 2-1 in a shootout. Since then the Sharks have struggled and extended their losing streak to four straight, including a 1-0 shootout/shutout loss to Phoenix last Saturday. They’ll have a chance to break that streak in Columbus tonight before visiting Nashville tomorrow. Perhaps the Preds will benefit from playing against a tired team.

Nashville Predators at Phoenix Coyotes

Jan. 28, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata (17), Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) and center David Legwand (11) battle for the puck along the boards during the first period at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

February 14th
vs Phoenix Coyotes (5-5-2)
7:00 p.m. CST

The first time Nashville played the Coyotes this season, they were shut out by an AHL emergency call-up goalie playing his first NHL game in more than two seasons. Phoenix’s offense has slowed down considerably since that 4-0 rout, scoring more than two goals exactly one time in six games. Yet they’ve won half of those games to stay afloat in the Pacific Division. They will come to Nashville with two days of rest, and they’ll have goalie Mike Smith back in net as well.

Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks

Jan 26, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Nashville Predators center David Legwand (11) scores a goal on Anaheim Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth (30) during the third period at the Honda Center. The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Nashville Predators in a shootout with a final score of 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

February 16th
vs Anaheim Ducks (8-2-1)
7:00 p.m. CST

The first game of the season that saw Nashville look like a decent team came in Anaheim at the end of January. Twice the Preds pulled ahead in that game only to see the Ducks claw their way back to even. Nashville eventually lost 3-2 in the shootout, giving Viktor Fasth his first NHL win. Fasth has since won four more games, supplanting Jonas Hiller as the Ducks’ starter by compiling some pretty nifty numbers (5-0-0, 1.72, .932) and propelling Anaheim to the top of the Pacific Division. The Ducks will face Detroit the night before this game and then fly to Nashville.

How do you think the Nashville Predators will finish out this week?

After its loss to Chicago, how many points will Nashville earn on its four-game homestand?

  • 5-6 (40%, 6 Votes)
  • 3-4 (33%, 5 Votes)
  • 0-2 (27%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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