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BREAKING NEWS: Predators Set Opening Night Roster


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Well, the moment Predators fans were waiting on has been released, the 2011/2012 opening night roster. Via the Nashville Predators, Kyle Wilson was assigned to Milwaukee after clearing waivers and Francis Bouillon/Mike Fisher were both placed on injured reserve, setting the team’s opening night roster at 23 players.

The strange thing is that Mattias Ekholm, who early was stated by his own agent as not making the opening night roster, is included as 1 of 7 healthy defensemen. Either way, this makes it official. It’s that time of the year again folks! HOCKEY IS BACK!

Below is the official press release:

Per the Nashville Predators:

“Nashville, Tenn. (October 4, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned forward Kyle Wilson to the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals, and placed defenseman Francis Bouillon and forward Mike Fisher on injured reserve, setting the team’s opening night roster at 23 players.

The Predators 23-man unit for the 2011-12 season opener on Friday night at Columbus (6 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game) be 25 players – 15 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders. All 30 NHL teams must submit their 23-man opening night roster by 2 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Players by position currently with Nashville are as follows:

FORWARDS (15): Niclas Bergfors, Martin Erat, Mike Fisher, Blake Geoffrion, Matt Halischuk, Patric Hornqvist, Sergei Kostitsyn, David Legwand, Cal O’Reilly, Craig Smith, Jerred Smithson, Nick Spaling, Zack Stortini, Jordin Tootoo and Colin Wilson.

DEFENSEMEN (8): Teemu Laakso, Jonathon Blum, Francis Bouillon, Mattias Ekholm, Jack Hillen, Kevin Klein, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber

GOALTENDERS (2): Anders Lindback and Pekka Rinne.

The Nashville Predators closed out their eight-game preseason with a record of 7-1-0, culminating with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Games start counting on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8 with back-to-back road contests to open the 2011-12 regular season against Central Division foes Columbus and St. Louis (7 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee). The Preds home opener comes the following Thursday, Oct. 13 when the Phoenix Coyotes come to Smashville (7 p.m. on SportSouth).”