The Road Home: Preds Prep For First Home Game of 2011 Preseason

Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 1:07 PM / Training Camp Central
By Bryan Mullen
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne put it best.

“It’s a weird feeling,” he said.

Rinne was sitting in front of his locker on Saturday morning, a familiar place but an odd situation. The Predators have played four preseason games, but tonight’s against Winnipeg at 7 p.m. CT will be the first at Bridgestone Arena.

“Counting the rookie games, we’ve played six games on the road,” Rinne said. “But I think it’s actually better for our fans to see us for the first time tonight. Our game is a little more ready than it would be in Game 1 of the preseason. Hopefully we can play a good game in front of our fans.”

Playing well in front of opposing fans has been a Predators trend this preseason. Nashville (3-1-0) is one of only three teams to have three victories entering Saturday. The others are Buffalo (3-0-0) and Minnesota (3-0-0). Winnipeg is 1-1-0.

The Predators are coming off a 3-2 win at Carolina on Friday where a prospect-laden group showed tenacity against the Hurricanes.

As for tonight, most of the veterans will be participating and they expect to be right at home, even though there will be a few new wrinkles, including the new gold jerseys.

“The guys are excited to finally be home and in the new jerseys,” Predators forward Jerred Smithson said. “We have some of the best fans in the league and it’s an honor to play in front of them. You just go this like another home game, whether it’s the regular season or the playoffs, you prepare the same. You just put yourself in a position where you can do well out there and do whatever it takes to win.”

The forwards listed on tonight’s playing roster are Smithson, Martin Erat, Patric Hornqvist, Sergei Kostitsyn, David Legwand, Chris Mueller, Cal O’Reilly, Nick Spaling, Zack Stortini, Ryan Thang, Jordin Tootoo and Colin Wilson.

The defensemen are Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Teemu Laakso, Jack Hillen, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber.

Rinne and Chet Pickard will handle the goaltending duties.

Tonight’s game will not be broadcast locally on radio, but a live web stream can be seen at nashvillepredators.com.

The Predators next home game is Wednesday against the Washington Capitals. Nashville handed Washington a 2-0 shutout in Baltimore on Tuesday. The game will be broadcast on 102.5 The Game and there will also be a web stream at nashvillepredators.com.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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