Jun 7, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis (22) shoots against New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the first overtime period during game two of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Predlines Headlines: Big Night in the Big Apple

The Stanley Cup Final shifts to New York City tonight, but off the ice, several important updates arise from the Nashville Predators camp.

Former Predators defenseman Kevin Klein and the Rangers will attempt to get back into the series on home ice, while the Kings are looking to all but close out the series with the chance to go up three games to zero.

As far as the important updates coming from Music City, let’s head to your Predlines Headines: 

The completion of the Music City Center not only put a premiere convention center in Nashville, but it also greatly increased the Predators chances of hosting an NHL All-Star Game. Predators chief operating officer Sean Henry has been vocal about his desire to bring an All-Star weekend to Bridgestone Arena, and he made his intentions even clearer this week by submitting the city and team’s proposal for an All-Star Game. The Predators are now officially in consideration for the 2016 through 2019 All-Star games. Only the location of next year’s festivities has been chosen at this point (2015 in Columbus).

NBC Sports and Pro Hockey Talk have more on the Predators bid.

Nashville has wanted to raise its profile through an NHL All-Star Game for several years now, and it feels like the city should be next in line after Columbus. Plus, the proximity to the new Omni hotel and the Music City Center to Bridgestone Arena (with Broadway right around the corner) is ideal. 

The Tennessean details a change coming to the Predators broadcast team, with Terry Crisp stepping down to a “behind the desk” role and Stu Grimson taking over color commentary.

Once an enforcer for the Predators, Grimson has progressed a lot in his past few seasons doing “sideline reporting” during Predators broadcasts. It’s nice to keep a former player’s perspective in the booth and I wish Crisp all the best. 

And for some insight on the game tonight, head over to NHL.com’s article detailing the two goalies that will be featured.

Pretty cool info graphics from the NHL here, I’ve posted both of their pictures below. 

Kings Jonathan Quick:

Jonathan Quick. Credit: NHL.com

Jonathan Quick. Credit: NHL.com

Rangers Henrik Lundqvist:

Henrik Lunqvist. Credit: NHL.com

Henrik Lundqvist. Credit: NHL.com

Game three of the Stanley Cup Final is tonight at 7:00 p.m. (CST).

Thomas Willis is the Manager/Editor of Predlines.com and can be reached at [email protected]For the latest updates in Predator news, follow @PredlinesNSH

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