We’re just 36 days from puck drop for the Predators preseason (that’s Matthew Barnaby days if you’re counting by player). Yeah, it’s slow, but if your hockey cravings are becoming too much, turn on NHL Network. They are showing retro games almost every day.
In case you missed it, we ranked Eric Nystrom’s top three goals from last season here at Predlines.
We also looked at how things would be different for the Predators if they had moved to the Eastern Conference last year.
Here are your Predlines Headlines for today:
Predators insider Josh Cooper breaks down what fans should look for as the offseason winds down, including the Ryan Ellis situation and a potential announcement for an NHL All Star Game in Nashville. That would be a huge event for the city, arena, and team.
The tournament is down to the top eight, and there are some interesting matchups. The most interesting is the battle between two plays in the same game: Carter Hutton’s incredible save and Roman Josi’s shootout winner in Philadelphia. That was one wild and unpredictable game. The Predators won a shootout? Were there pigs flying outside the Wells Fargo Center?
One stadium mentioned was Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, home of the Tennessee Volunteers. The hypothetical matchup would be Predators vs. Hurricanes. Imagine 50,000+ fans decked out in gold cheering on the Predators. Let’s face it: the Predators could probably score more than the Vols could at Neyland. *cough cough* Anchor Down *cough cough*.
The Predators tandem of Pekka Rinne and Carter Hutton was ranked second in the division. Colorado’s combo of Semyon Varlamov and Reto Berra beat them out. Certainly if Varlamov plays like he did last season, he’ll be the top goalie in the Central. But, was last year just a fluke? Also, can Rinne get back to Vezina-nominee form?