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

Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 12:07 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Bryan Mullen
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The Road Home: Preds Prep For First Home Game of 2011 Preseason
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.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36