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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

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 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 59 36 18 5 162 137 77
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
6 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
7 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 55 25 27 3 140 158 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 56 11 31 0 42
F. Forsberg 56 18 18 -7 36
S. Weber 56 15 21 -2 36
M. Ribeiro 56 6 30 3 36
J. Neal 56 21 14 19 35
M. Ekholm 56 6 19 3 25
R. Ellis 55 6 16 2 22
C. Jarnkrok 55 11 8 2 19
C. Smith 56 11 7 -1 18
R. Johansen 16 4 12 6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 8 .902 2.57
C. Hutton 6 2 1 .924 2.10