Going to be doing something new this season, taking a look at the games and any “important” dates in the week to come for the Nashville Predators. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what happened last week after the jump:
Wednesday, September 28th: Nashville takes care of the Washington Capitals (including Joel Ward and Tomas Vokoun) at the Bridgestone Arena 4-1, marking their 4th straight preseason victory (Read the story!)
Friday, September 30th: A wonderful homecoming for coach Barry Trotz as the Predators go into the MTS Centre for the first time in Winnipeg and stroll out with a 3-2 shootout win against the Jets, giving the Predators their 5th straight preseason win.
Saturday, October 1st: Nashville and Carolina played a tight 40 minutes before each giving up a goal in the third, but it was the heroics of Craig Smith ending it with 10 seconds left in overtime to give the Predators their 6th straight preseason and ending their preseason with a 7-1 record (Read the story!)
WHAT’S GOING ON THIS WEEK???
Expect the final roster cuts to come early this week. However based on what Coach Trotz said last night after the game, don’t expect Craig Smith to be heading to Milwaukee to start the season. When asked point blank if Smith would be starting the season in Milwaukee, he said very clearly, “No, no he will not.” Yeah…I don’t think Smith has to plan for a trip back to The Badger State this week.
Friday, October 7th: Nashville opens the season on the road opening up Nationwide Arena against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their home opener. Columbus will be without defenseman James Wisniewski after he was suspended for 8 games for his hit on Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck. Watch for The Predatorial Preview coming up Thursday afternoon/evening!
Saturday, October 8th: Nashville plays game 2 of their season on the road as well, opening up the Scottrade Center against the St. Louis Blues in their home opener. St. Louis could potentially be without former Predator Jason Arnott as he had to have surgery to remove a cataract from his right eye. Watch for The Predatorial Preview coming up Saturday morning!