The Predators return to action tonight for their first road game of the preseason, a 6 pm CT game at the Carolina Hurricanes. The Preds opened the preseason with a 5-0 win over the Atlanta Thrashers last night at Sommet Center. Game Day Coverage: Head Coach Barry Trotz
Preds Ready For Road Test
After a 5-0 win last night over the Atlanta Thrashers, the Predators hit the ice for morning skate at Centennial Sportsplex. Once again being split into two groups, the first group had a brief skate before heading to Carolina for the second preseason game, while the second stayed for practice. Many of the players that were not seen in last night’s game were skating in the first group and likely will be in the lineup tonight against the Hurricanes.
The players who did not skate in last night’s game voiced an eagerness to hit the ice and play in tonight’s game.
“The guys played really well last night. I just want the same thing; I just want to get out there and get Game One under the belt,” goaltender Pekka Rinne said.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne is projected to make his preseason debut tonight at Carolina. Forwards Martin Erat and David Legwand are also expected to make their preseason debuts (Jason Arnott, JP Dumont, and Steve Sullivan are not projected to play in tonight's game). On defense Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Klein are projected to play tonight, along with prospect Jonathon Blum (Ryan Suter and Shea Weber played last night and are not projected to play again tonight).
PREDS ON THE RADIO
Tonight's game will be broadcast on the Preds Radio Network, including flagship station 104.5 FM The Zone. Click here to listen to the live radio call. (Radio Flagship Schedule)
PRESEASON RECAP Colin Wilson had a goal and two assists in his preseason debut to lead the Predators to a 5-0 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night at Sommet Center. Dan Ellis (13 saves) and Mark Dekanich (9 saves) combined for the shutout. Jason Arnott, Patric Hornqvist, and Steve Sullivan each posted two-point nights to support the offensive attack. (game recap)
Today is the second day of Preds Fest, a three-day fan-appreciation event featuring several unique experiences to be held at the Sommet Center, September 17-19. Today's activities include a rematch of last year’s Preds Cup final between Father Ryan and JP II at 4:30 p.m. plus an alumni autograph signing on the main concourse from 4-5 p.m.
PREDS UNVEIL NEW THIRD JERSEY
The Predators showcased their new third jersey prior to last night's preseason game vs. Atlanta. Click here for the video unveil.
CAMP ROSTER REDUCED TO 44
The first roster reduction of 2009 training camp took place on Wednesday morning, as 12 players were removed. 2009 draft picks Taylor Beck, Gabriel Bourque, Michael Latta and Charles-Olivier Roussel were returned to their junior teams, while Scott Brannon, John Decaro, Mike McLean, Jacob Muzzin, Brock Sheahan, Arvid Stromberg, Pierre-Alexandre Vandall and Mark Van Guilder were released from Professional/Amateur Tryout Agreements.
PREDATOR ROOKIES SPLIT PAIR OF GAMES IN ATLANTA
A 20-man unit of Nashville Predators rookies traveled to the Duluth IceForum outside Atlanta to take on a squad of Thrashers rookies on Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, and returned home with a split. After falling 6-3 on Monday, the Predators used a combined 28-save shutout by Chet Pickard and Jeremy Smith to blank the Thrashers, 3-0. The line of Colin Wilson (2g-1a), Nick Spaling (2g-1a) and Taylor Beck (1g-2a) were Nashville’s standout offensive performers during the two game set, with each prospect tallying three points.