Nashville Predators Road Trip: On The East Coast
We’re in the Garden State for tonight’s tilt against the New Jersey Devils. We have now hit every time zone in North America on this cross-country marathon trip – that’s pretty crazy to think about actually.
It was snowing as we lifted off out of Winnipeg yesterday morning, so it was nice to hit 55-degree weather here in Newark as the plane door opened. I’d never think 55-degree weather would be something to look forward to.
Once we got settled in at the hotel, we were off for an early dinner at a place called Legal Sea Foods. They have “wicked awesome” clam chowder for all our readers from the Northeast. The stuff is so good that the White House regularly requests it for their dinners. I would highly suggest eating at a Legal Sea Foods if you’re ever on the East Coast.
After dinner, it was back to my room to relax while watching the newest Star Trek flick. I’m a big fan of J.J. Abrams’ reinvention of the Star Trek series, and I am certainly looking forward to what he will do with the next set of Star Wars films as well. That’s right, I’m a certified space nerd.
So that brings us to the present, as I’m sitting at the Prudential Center, which is a very nice building by the way, watching the Devils go through morning skate. This just the Preds second trip to this building since it opened in 2007. It is my first trip here since the NHL Entry Draft back in June and, thankfully, this trip is already proving to be much less hectic. It’s pretty interesting to watch two of the game’s greatest players, Martin Brodeur (it looks like he’s the starter for N.J. tonight by the way) and Jaromir Jagr, go through a skate. It’s these types of little experiences that have really made this trip fun.
While I’m in awe of watching Brodeur during morning skate, for goaltender Carter Hutton, facing Brodeur is a realization of a lifetime dream.
“It’s a pretty cool to come in here and play against a guy I grew up trying to emulate,” Hutton said. “It’s one of those things where you really realize how far you’ve come. From growing up watching him all the time, trying to play like him, to playing against him. So tonight, it’s going to be pretty cool to go out there and battle against him.”
Looking toward tonight’s game, both teams will be out for a little retribution after both came up short on Friday night. The Preds fell to the Jets and the Devils lost in a shootout during the Hall of Fame Game in Toronto.
After tonight’s game, we’ll head to Long Island (land of the Nystroms), about an hour’s drive north of Newark, to settle in before facing the Islanders on Tuesday. It’s kind of weird to think we won’t step foot on a plane until Thursday, after flying basically every other day on this trip.
Until next time,