Sep 16, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Scott Ford (2) collides with Florida Panthers center Steve Pinizzotto (13) in the third period at the BB

Morning Skate: When Preseason Hockey Entertains

If you are missing hockey like me, meaningless preseason games are now becoming must-watch events. Last night was chock-full of NHL preseason action and Blue Line Station had excellent postgame coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers preseason game.

In case you missed it on Predlines, the NHL will now give a two-minute minor to any player that removes his helmet before a fight. Not gonna lie, I love hockey fights and I think they should be part of the game, but putting in a rule to make fighting safer seems counter-intuitive to me.

Twitter hero Paul Bissonnette received a 10 game suspension for leaving the bench to fight Jordan Nolan during a preseason contest between the Los Angeles Kings and Pheonix Coyotes. I’m sure Bissonnette will cope with this by being awesome on Twitter.

Two girls on the Los Angeles Kings ice crew will compete in the upcoming season of “The Amazing Race” on CBS. This isn’t the first time the NHL has been featured on the show. Last year, former player Bates Battaglia and his brother won last season’s race.


James Summerlin is a Staff Writer at and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @jdsummerlin. For the latest updates in Predator news, follow @PredlinesNSH 

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