Fans are getting a change of pace in the exhibition games leading up the 2013-2014 NHL season, as the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning will come to Nashville for the Predators' only two pre-season games this year. It seems like the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals have been the usual guests.
|Monday||Sept. 16||Florida Panthers||BB&T Center||1:30 p.m.|
|Monday||Sept. 16||Florida Panthers||BB&T Center||6 p.m.|
|Thursday||Sept. 19||Tampa Bay Lightning||Tampa Bay Times Forum||6:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||Sept. 22||New York Islanders||Bridgestone Arena||5 p.m.|
|Tuesday||Sept. 24||Tampa Bay Lightning||Bridgestone Arena||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday||Sept. 25||Washington Capitals||Verizon Center||6 p.m.|
|Friday||Sept. 27||New York Islanders||Nassau Coliseum||6 p.m.|
From the Preds:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the Predators will open their seven-game 2013 preseason schedule with a doubleheader at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 16. Nashville and Florida also played a doubleheader to start the 2011 preseason on Sept. 19, 2011.
Nashville's preseason schedule includes a pair of home games in three-day span: Sunday, Sept. 22 against the New York Islanders at 5 p.m. CT, and Tuesday, Sept. 24 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 p.m. CT. This will be the Predators first-ever preseason contest against the Islanders, while their first against Tampa Bay will come five days earlier when the teams face-off at Tampa Bay Times Forum on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. CT.
In addition to their three games in South Florida, the Predators will travel to Washington for a 6 p.m. CT tilt on Sept. 25, and round out their preseason slate against the Islanders on Long Island onSept. 27 at 6 p.m. CT
The 2013-14 Nashville Predators rookie camp is scheduled to open Wednesday, Sept. 4, with veterans reporting on Wednesday, Sept. 11 for testing and physicals. The Predators' first day on the ice will be Thursday, Sept. 12 at Centennial Sportsplex.
Which of these two home games peaks your interest? I'd go with the Tampa Bay game myself, as we're more likely to see #3 overall draft pick Jonathan Drouin than we would see John Tavares from the Islanders...