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Facts and stats as Predators home opener against Ottawa set for October 9th


Jun 21, 2014


In preparation for the full release of the NHL schedule for the 2014-2015 season on Sunday, the league went ahead and teased every home opener to start the season. While the news had already made it’s way around that the Senators would open their season against the Predators on October 9th, it wasn’t confirmed until midday Saturday that the date was indeed Nashville’s home opener. With the news from the league, Nashville also let slide that they will play two more times at home before leaving for their first road trip of the season, Saturday October 11th and Tuesday October 14th. No opponent has been named for those dates yet.

This season will mark the first time in Nashville’s 16 seasons that they will host a home opener against a Canadian team. As for the date, it’ll be the third time the Predators play on October 9th. Twice before they played the Anaheim Ducks (October 9th, 2003 and October 9th, 2010), both times coming away allowing one goal and winning by at least two.

Only six times previously in their history has their home opener come later than October 9th, including two seasons ago’s January 19th opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets after a lockout erased the first half of the season.

To start the 2000-2001 season, the Predators technically had their home opener 6,500 miles away from the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena. Playing a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Predators were considered the home team for the second of the two games, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Penguins before grabbing a near-15 hour flight back to Nashville for their true home opener on October 13th against the Capitals.

Nashville’s record in home openers, after last seasons win against Minnesota, stands at 8-5-1-1 (including a 2-2 tie against the St. Louis Blues to open the 2001-2002 season). The Predators are 3-2-1 in openers decided by one goal and 5-3-1 when the difference is by two or more.

There have been three shutouts in franchise history on opening night, two losses against Florida (1-0) and Los Angeles (2-0) in their first two years as a team and a throttling of Colorado (4-0) in 2007.

While the Predators are currently averaging 2.67 goals per home opener and are allowing only 2.26 goals, Nashville and Chicago combined for 14 goals on October 5th, 2006 as the Blackhawks took care of Nashville 8-6 to open the season.

The Predators have seen the best of times and worst of times come through what is now known as Bridgestone Arena for their home openers. While they currently are 5-1-1 in their past seven home openers, a first-time visit to start the season from the Ottawa Senators should provide enough excitement.

Below is a full list of all Nashville Predators season openers at home: (wins highlighted in bold)

October 10th, 1998 vs Florida: 1-0 Loss

October 2nd, 1999 vs Los Angeles: 2-0 Loss

October 13th, 2000 vs Washington*: 3-1 Win (Played a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Japan to open the season, one counting as a home game)

October 6th, 2001 vs St. Louis: 2-2 Tie

October 12th, 2002 vs Edmonton: 3-2 Loss

October 9th, 2003 vs Anaheim: 3-1 Win

October 5th, 2005 vs San Jose: 3-2 Win

October 5th, 2006 vs Chicago: 8-6 Loss

October 4th, 2007 vs Colorado: 4-0 Win

October 11th, 2008 vs Dallas: 3-1 Win

October 8th, 2009 vs Colorado: 3-2 Win

October 9th, 2010 vs Anaheim: 4-1 Win

October 13th, 2011 vs Phoenix: 5-2 Loss

January 19th, 2013 vs Columbus: 3-2 SO Loss

October 8th, 2013 vs Minnesota: 3-2 Win

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