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Nashville Predators Road Trip Blog: Getting Things Going

Welcome to the 2013 Nashville Predators Road Trip blog presented by Renaissance Hotels.

Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 2:39 PM CT / Blogs
By Jimi Russell  - Nashville Predators
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Nashville Predators Road Trip Blog: Getting Things Going
Welcome to the 2013 Nashville Predators CMA Road Trip blog presented by Renaissance Hotels.

Coming to you live from 30,000 feet! Welcome to the 2013 Nashville Predators CMA Road Trip blog presented by Renaissance Hotels. 

Let me start off by introducing myself. I’m Jimi Russell, the Nashville Predators writer/blogger/PR/web guy. Yes, that’s right, I’m just like “the amazing golf ball whacker guy” in Happy Gilmore. I’ve been tasked with bringing you a behind-the-scenes experience as the team hits the road on a franchise-record tying seven-game road swing. I hope to provide you with in-sight into life on the road through pictures, videos, interviews and anecdotes. And don’t worry, it won’t just be me providing content while we’re away, as Pete Weber, Terry Crisp and Stu Grimson will all share some of their favorite stories from this trip and others throughout their, we’ll call them illustrious, careers.

Back to the task at hand…

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time the Preds have been away from home for seven straight games. They also played seven straight on the road earlier this year from Jan.22-Feb. 5, 2013, and first played seven straight on the road from Oct. 30-Nov. 12, 2002.

As I said in the “Week Ah-Pred” feature on Monday, five of the seven games on this trip come against teams outside of the Central Division – two against the Pacific and three against Eastern Conference teams. So, any points Nashville can garner from outside of the Division are going to be extremely important. But, the games against Colorado and Winnipeg are obviously the most important of the trip.

The trip will last a total of 17 days, the longest stretch away from the Music City in franchise history, and see the team go to Phoenix, Los Angeles, Colorado, Winnipeg, New Jersey, New York (Long Island) and Pittsburgh to wrap things up on Nov. 15.

So... that’s seven flights (including the one we’re on right now), four different time zones, eight different hotels and more than 5,500 miles of air travel. So the next two and a half weeks are sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I just hope I remember what city we’re in each day.

The next time you get to see your beloved Preds at Bridgestone Arena? November 16 against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on “Keep the Red Out” night!

Stay tuned for more blogs from the road.

JR

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61