Just like the rookies did last week, now it's time for the full Nashville Predators training camp (minus the Big 3, Martin Erat, and the wounded) to hit the ice in Florida, in a split-squad doubleheader against the Panthers. Down there, they're used to such twin bills during baseball's spring training, but in hockey, I don't know that we've seen such a thing before.
It's a great chance to see how some of the young guys fare under pressure against a higher level of competition than they saw last week, and make sure the veterans are shaking off the rust.
The games start at 2:00 and 6:30 p.m. Central, but there's no radio or TV coverage; I'm sure folks will be re-tweeting furiously from the live accounts of whoever is in attendance, and On Frozen Pond will conduct a live chat, so tune in there.
For now, though, follow on for your morning hockey news...
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Nashville Predators News
Inside Smashville " Training camp storylines: For Smithson, age is just a number
Smitty's just 32, but on this team, that makes him a geezer.
Reasonable Expectations- Nick Spaling - Predlines
Can Spals more than double his offensive output from last season? Much could depend on how he's used by Barry Trotz.
Hockey Night in Nashville: Wilson has something to prove in 2011-12 season
Barry Trotz hasn't been shy about his criticism of Colin Wilson's 2010-2011 season, and if a playoff benching didn't get his attention, his potential contract next summer certainly should.
O’Reilly Primed for a Comeback Season | The Predatorial
The Preds need the Cal O'Reilly who put up 18 points in the first 27 games last season (not the one who went scoreless in the next 11 before breaking his leg), especially with Mike Fisher's shoulder troubles.
The X List: Coming Out of Obscurity | Erat and Jones - NHL Hot Stove
Is this the year for a Marty Party?
Paul McCann - Sunday Notes
Paul teases "an exciting announcement" for SlapShot Radio...
Battle of the Blades pays tribute to Belak - The Globe and Mail
This fall's series launched with a memorial to Wade, who was all set to make his figure skating debut.
Some Predators veterans start off camp on wrong foot | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair got the detail from Barry Trotz as to what he didn't like out of the first session on Saturday.
Nashville Predators have defensive options - The Tennessean
The battle for the blueline is on, with today's pre-season games.
Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne enters contract year as star player - The Tennessean
Josh Cooper rounds out his trip through the Big 3 with a look back to when Pekka signed his current two-year deal.
Baltimore Hockey Classic: Washington Capitals exhibition game nearly sold out - Baltimore Business Journal
Nearly 11,000 tickets have been sold to see the Nashville Predators play in Baltimore...
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Vandy Takes to the Ice in Music City | The Hockey Writers
Vanderbilt's club hockey team opened their season with two victories over the Memphis Tigers, and head next to play South Carolina.
OHL: Burning questions; the Peterborough Petes - Buzzing The Net
Can Austin Watson lead the Petes to a better 2011-2012 season?
Video: Eddie Vedder joins Winnipeg fans singing ‘Go Jets Go’ - Puck Daddy
You gotta love this...
Bobby Ryan Injured at Practice - Anaheim Calling
It's a rite of September... the inevitable groin strains when guys try to kick it up to 100%.
Breaking New York Rangers News: Marc Staal Suffering From Post-Concussion Symptoms - Blueshirt Banter
Troubling news for the Rangers, as one of their key defensemen was held out of scrimmages.
The Oilers Way - Edmonton Journal
Equipment managers have a unique perspective on a hockey team, and over the course of a long career, could almost serve as franchise historians.
Roundtable Question: Oilers 2011-12 Expectations - The Copper & Blue
After two straight seasons finishing in dead last, just how much should Oiler fans expect?
Puck Daddy chats with Alex Semin about whether he ‘cares’, trade rumors, changes on Capitals and quest for the Cup - Puck Daddy
Is there any big-name offensive talent who takes as much criticism as Alexander Semin? Good thing he doesn't care about it.
TIFF 2011: Gibney on "Gladiators" " Realscreen
An interview with the creator of a documentary on retired NHL enforcers, which made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival.