Nashville Predators Road Trip Blog: Game Day in Long Island
Good morning from Long Island. The Preds are on the ice for morning skate here at Nassau Coliseum.
Coach Trotz took the boys through their paces yesterday with fast-paced practice in Syosset (Eric Nystrom’s hometown). Following practice, we were joined by Nystrom and his father, Islanders’ legend Bob Nystrom. Stu Grimson did an interview with the father-son combo that you can see on PredsTV.
From there, it was back to the hotel for lunch, before I settled into the room to write yesterday’s Veterans Day blog and the game notes for tonight’s tilt. A pretty low-key night for this guy.
It wasn’t such a low-key night for Gabriel Bourque. He was awoken at four this morning with the news that his wife had gone into labor with the couple’s first child. So he needed to get to an airport and back to Nashville ASAP. Props to Preds Manager of Hockey Operations, Brandon Walker, who had Bourque on a flight back to the Music City within two hours.
After tonight’s game, the team will load up the bus and head to Manhattan for a much-needed day off in the city. While we are in the Big Apple, Preds TV will hopefully have an interview from the NHL Offices, while Matt Hendricks and Eric Nystrom will grace the NHL Live! airwaves on Wednesday evening.
We will leave NYC on Thursday morning to head to the final stop on this whirlwind tour - Pittsburgh.
This was a short one today… I’ll have more following the day off in Manhattan.
Until next time,