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The final home stretch.

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The Predators might have dropped their pre-season bout to Columbus in overtime last night but the race to make it to opening night is still very real for some players. It may be pre-season to fans, but for those on the cusp of falling off the roster it's do or die time. Viktor Arvidsson for one, was feeling a little more do than die last night.

Here were your forward lines for the most part last night. As far as preseason goes, they were preaseasoniest:

Sissons - Johansen - Fiala

Gaudreau - Fisher - Neal

Arvidsson - Jarnkrok - Smith

Salomaki - Watson - Kamenev

We're just a quick trip to Tampa Bay this weekend and a week away from opening night. Strap in, the last stretch always feels like the longest.

Nashville Predator's News & Notes

Predators podcast: Nashville's summer was busier than yours - The Tennessean
Hey! You know these guys! OTF's own Dan Bradley guest spotting with Jon Garcia and Adam Vingan on the Tennessean's new Predators centered podcast. Give it a listen.

Predators look to build on franchise's deepest playoff run - WFSB 3 Connecticut
The Predators have made it...in Connecticut!

Nashville Predators at a glance - Washington Times
The Predators have made it...in Washington...wait...what?

Hockey News & Notes

Jackman retires after 14 NHL seasons - Article - TSN
Jackman signed a one day deal to retire with the Blues. Good for him, he's a great guy.

Matthews is the prize for Maple Leafs being NHL's worst team - Usatoday.com
Are they mad because they got Auston Matthews or because Toronto is bad?

NHL - Will minor league restrictions lead to end of fighting in NHL? - Espn.com
A couple of interesting quotes from Michael Liambas, who led the AHL in fighting majors last year with the Admirals.

Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas is the NHL's greatest escape artist - CBSSports.com
Is it just me or has this pre-season been lit? Not only do we have players dodging suspensions but actually getting suspended.

Jamie Benn's rise to NHL stardom almost never happened - NHL on CBC Sports
Jamie Benn almost became a baseball player and Dallas would have never been the same.

The Lost Tapes: 20 things Brent Burns said - Sportsnet.ca
With a title like this I was really hoping for something a little funnier, but still some great take aways. Burnsy is a character it's hard not to like him.