Predators vs. Jets Pre-Season Preview: Behold The Gold

If you aren't able to join the festivities at Bridgestone Arena tonight (blood drive, plaza activities, and opportunity to donate to the Andie & Alex Belak Scholarship Fund start at 4:00), the Nashville Predators have announced that they'll offer a video stream of tonight's game (and Wednesday vs. Washington) on their website, so there's no excuse not to check out the team this evening. The puck drops shortly after 7:00 p.m., per usual.

Don't forget, it's also our first chance to look at the Preds in their new home gold uniforms.

Follow after the jump for the rosters heading into tonight's game, and assorted other notes...

Perhaps the most interesting area to watch tonight will be the defense, as behind the pairing of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter you'll have four guys who all conceivably could start the season in Nashville or Milwaukee. NHL jobs (and hundreds of thousands of dollars) are quite literally on the line over the next few days.

Nashville comes into this game with a 3-1 preseason record after last night's victory over the Hurricanes, while the Jets are 1-1, having split a home-and-home split squad set with Columbus a few days ago.

It looks like the Preds are rolling out the big guns for this one, with many regular NHLers on tonight's roster, including Patric Hornqvist and David Legwand, who played last night in Carolina, and Chris Mueller, who now has goals in three straight games.

It also appears that Nick Spaling will indeed make his preseason debut, after dealing with nagging injuries so far.

Nashville Predators Roster

 NO.  FORWARDS  Height  Weight  Shoots  Place of Birth  Birthdate  2010-11 Team
 10  Martin Erat  6-0  201  L  Trebic, Czech Rep.  8/29/81  Nashville (NHL)
 27  Patric Hornqvist  6-0  188  L  Sollentuna, Sweden  1/1/87  Nashville (NHL)
 74  Sergei Kostitsyn  6-0  207  L  Novopolotsk, Belarus  3/20/87  Nashville (NHL)
 11  David Legwand  6-2  204  L  Detroit, Mich.  8/17/80  Nashville (NHL)
 17  Chris Mueller  5-10  180  R  West Seneca, N.Y.  3/6/86  Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)
 16  Cal O`Reilly  6-0  188  L  Toronto, Ont.  9/30/86  Nashville (NHL)
 25  Jerred Smithson  6-3  209  R  Vernon, B.C.  2/4/79  Nashville (NHL)
 13  Nick Spaling  6-1  198  L  Palmerston, Ont.  9/19/88  Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)
 21  Zack Stortini  6-4  215  R  Eliot Lake, Ont.  9/11/85  Edmonton (NHL)/Oklahoma City (AHL)
 65  Ryan Thang  6-0  194  R  Chicago, Ill.  5/11/87  Milwaukee (AHL)
 22  Jordin Tootoo  5-9  199  R  Churchill, Man.  2/2/83  Nashville (NHL)
 33  Colin Wilson  6-1  210  L  Greenwich, Conn.  10/20/89  Nashville (NHL)
 NO.  DEFENSE  Height  Weight  Shoots  Place of Birth  Birthdate  2010-11 Team
 42  Mattias Ekholm  6-4  204  L  Borlange, Sweden  5/24/90  Brynas (Sweden)
 49  Ryan Ellis  5-10  179  R  Hamilton, Ont.  1/3/91  Windsor (OHL)/Milwaukee (AHL)
 2  Teemu Laakso  6-1  215  R  Tuusula, Finland  8/27/87  Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)
 38  Jack Hillen  5-10  190  L  Minnetonka, Minn.  1/24/86  NY Islanders (NHL
 20  Ryan Suter  6-1  198  L  Madison, Wis.  1/21/85  Nashville (NHL)
 6  Shea Weber  6-4  232  R  Sicamous, B.C.  8/14/85  Nashville (NHL)
 NO.  GOALTENDER  Height  Weight  Catches  Place of Birth  Birthdate  2010-11 Team
 35  Pekka Rinne  6-5  209  L  Kempele, Finland  11/3/82  Nashville (NHL)
 37  Chet Pickard  6-2  206  L  Moncton, N.B.  11/29/89  Milwaukee (AHL)/Cincinnati (ECHL)

 

Winnipeg Jets Roster

 NO.  FORWARDS  Height  Weight  Shoots  Place of Birth  Birthdate  2010-11 Team
 20  Troy Bodie  6-3  219  R  Portage La Prairie, M.B.  1/25/1985  Anaheim (NHL)/ Carolina (NHL)
 28  Patrice Cormier  6-2  215  L  Moncton, N.B.  6/14/1990  Atlanta (NHL)/ Chicago (AHL)
 57  Jason Gregoire  6-1  196  L  Winnipeg, M.B.  2/24/1989  U. of North Dakota (WCHL)
 9  Evander Kane  6-2  195  L  Vancouver, B.C.  8/2/91  Atlanta (NHL)
 48  Carl Klingberg  6-3  205  R  Gothenburg, Sweden  1/28/1991  Vastra Frolunda (SEL)
 18  Bryan Little  5-11  185  R  Edmonton, Alb.  11/12/87  Atlanta (NHL)
 46  Spencer Machacek  6-1  195  R  Lethbridge, Alb.  10/14/1988  Chicago (AHL)/ Atlanta (NHL)
 49  Ben Maxwell  6-1  195  L  North Vancouver, B.C.  3/30/1988  Hamilton (AHL)/ Atlanta (NHL)
 40  Kendal McArdle  5-11  190  L  Toronto, Ont.  1/4/1987  Florida (NHL)/ Rochester (AHL)
 49  Mark Scheifele  6-2  181  R  Kitchener, Ont.  3/15/1993  Barrie (OHL)
 14  Tim Stapleton  5-9  180  R  Forest Park, Ill.  7/19/82  Atlanta (NHL)/ Chicago (AHL)
 22  Chris Thorburn  6-3  230  R  Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.  6/3/83  Atlanta (NHL)
 NO.  DEFENSE  Height  Weight  Shoots  Place of Birth  Birthdate  2010-11 Team
 63  Ben Chiarot  6-3  224  L  Hamilton, Ont.  5/9/1991  Saginaw (OHL) / Sudbury (OHL)
 39  Tobias Enstrom  5-10  180  L  Nordingra, Sweden  11/5/84  Atlanta (NHL)
 47  Derek Meech  5-11  205  L  Winnipeg, M.B.  4/21/84  Grand Rapids (AHL)
 71  Julian Melchiori  6-4  209  L  Richmond Hill, Ont.  12/6/1991  Kitchener (OHL)
 29  Johnny Oduya  6-0  190  L  Stockholm, Sweden  10/1/81  Atlanta (NHL)
 38  Paul Postma  6-3  195  R  Red Deer, Alb.  2/22/1989  Chicago (AHL)/ Atlanta (NHL)
 64  Cody Sol  6-5  242  L  Woodstock, Ont.  2/11/1991  Kitchener (OHL)
 NO.  GOALTENDER  Height  Weight  Catches  Place of Birth  Birthdate  2010-11 Team
 50  Chris Mason  6-0  195  L  Red Deer, Alb.  4/20/76  Atlanta (NHL)
 32  Edward Pasquale  6-3  210  L  Toronto, Ont.  11/20/90  Chicago (AHL)/ Gwinnett (ECHL)

For more on tonight's game from the opposing side, be sure to check out SB Nation's blog devoted to the Winnipeg Jets...

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Courtesy of Earl Sleek.

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