Preds will start ’08-09 on road

Preds will start ’08-09 on road

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008 10:06 pm
By: AP

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators not only are starting the upcoming season on the road, that’s where they will spend most of the first 20 games. The NHL released the schedule for the season Thursday, and the Predators will open on the road at St. Louis on Oct. 10 against their Central Division rival. But that is just one of 13 road games scheduled for Nashville over the first 20 games in the season, including November when they play nine of 13 games away from Tennessee. That balances out in February with 10 home games, including visits from Boston and Ottawa. The Predators host the Dallas Stars in their home opener on Oct. 11. With a schedule change, the Predators will play each of the 29 other NHL teams at least once. For a team needing to boost ticket sales higher to make sure it receives its full revenue share, the NHL provided a nice assist to Nashville. Alex Ovechkin, the reigning MVP, comes to Nashville with the Washington Capitals for a second straight season on March 10. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin visit with the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 8 in what will be Crosby’s second game in Nashville. He played here as a rookie in a game Nashville won. That means the Predators will be playing division rivals six times instead of eight. Nashville also is playing Atlanta, Florida and Washington home and home while also hosting New Jersey, the New York Islanders and the Rangers from the Eastern Conference. The Predators will visit Buffalo, Carolina, Montreal, Philadelphia, Toronto and Tampa Bay. The Predators won’t host the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, the team that ousted them in the opening round of the playoffs in six games, until Dec. 26. The Red Wings will also visit Feb. 10 and Feb. 28. Nashville will not host a game on Thanksgiving for the first time in four years in what had started to become a tradition. But the Predators will play on New Year’s Day, hosting Vancouver to start a five-game homestand that is the longest of the season. They also host New Jersey on Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 19 and Ottawa on President’s Day on Feb. 16. Nashville will play 13 sets of back-to-back games and three home-and-home series, all against division rivals with Columbus, Chicago and St. Louis. Published in The Messenger 7.18.08

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