Nashville Predators: September means hockey is officially back!

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 29: Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates a second period goal by Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) during Game Two of Round Two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators, held on April 29, 2018, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 29: Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates a second period goal by Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) during Game Two of Round Two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators, held on April 29, 2018, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Summer is over for all intents and purposes now that the calendar fills to September. The Nashville Predators take back to the ice this month.

To say this was an interesting summer would be an understatement. With the transactions made and news of favorite players in danger of missing ice time, the story for Nashville Predators certainly was not what we hoped for. Still, the team is poised for another successful campaign on the ice. And it all starts this month.

Yes, we can finally say hockey is back.

It may not be regular season action, but any time the players take the ice is better than nothing. Honestly, I need the team back on the ice. The sting of defeat is still being felt from last season’s ousting from the playoffs. It is obvious from Twitter that many of you feel the same way.

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Let the smiles return to our faces, the flame of hope burn a bit brighter, and the passion in our voice be heard. The Nashville Predators return to the ice this month!

(And there was much rejoicing! Yea!)

September Schedule

We are six days away from actual players on the ice. With all the fanfare and flair on display from his time in the KHL and Olympics, it is fitting that Eeli Tolvanen be the first to play this offseason. The Predators annual Rookie Camp starts on September 6 at the Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville. After a day of work, the rookies, including Emil Pettersson and Vladislav Yeryomenko, depart for Florida for a three-team tournament, the NHL Prospect Showcase. Three games will be played over a four-day period, featuring prospects for the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. Here are the dates and times (CT).

Saturday, Sept. 8  Washington Prospects vs. Nashville Prospects  12 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9     Nashville Prospects vs. Tampa Bay Prospects    12 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 11 Nashville Prospects vs. Washington Prospects  10:30 a.m.

A week after the rookies report, the full roster of the Nashville Predators will join in the action. Training camp opens in earnest on September 13, with much of the activities taking place at the Centennial Sportsplex. A full, detailed schedule has not been published to the Predators official site.

Game action for the Predators starts on September 17 down in Florida. Nashville will play two split-squad games against the Panthers that day, starting at 2:30 P.M. and 6:00 P.M.

A few days later, the Predators take to Bridgestone Arena on September 21 for a preseason match against Tampa Bay. The game begins at 7:00 P.M. Following this game, both teams will face each other again the next night, down in Tampa.

On September 25, the Predators host the Carolina Hurricanes for their final preseason home game. The two teams will face-off again in Carolina on Sunday, September 30.

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It should be an action-packed month for the Nashville Predators. As fans, I know we are ready to put last season to bed and start a new campaign of success. What the seasons holds will be established in September. Bring it on!