Nashville Predators Preseason Schedule

The NHL has released their preseason schedule. It will consist of 16 days, and 104 games. In just over a month the puck will drop on the 2013-2014 season.  

I might be alone on this but I doubt it.  I strongly dislike the preseason. From a fans prospective it is a poor example of the game. Further more it only gives players a greater chance of suffering a season ending injury. While I understand the reasoning for playing the games; there must be a better way of figuring out the rosters. I can hear some people now. How do you want  teams to figure out the rosters with out watching the players play in  “real” games? That’s my point. It’s not a real game. Some players only go 3/4 or 1/2 speed. Other plays who are on the brink of being cut go all out. It just doesn’t sit well with me.

Nashville Preseason Schedule (NHL.com)

MONDAY, SEPT. 16 Nashville at Florida (split-squad doubleheader, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 19 Nashville at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 22 NY Islanders at Nashville, 6 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 Tampa Bay at Nashville, 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 Nashville at Washington, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 Nashville at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.

It shouldn’t take an off-season, a month of training camp and 6 “games” to figure out your team? Come on. I know that the preseason will never go away, but the NHL should go to a 4 game preseason. There should be no back to back nights, and teams should not be allowed to play the same team during the preseason. If a team is evaluating  their players during the preseason they should play as many teams as possible. But, that’s just the way I see it.

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