Tuesday morning, the Nashville Predators released their schedule for the 2019-2020 season, ahead of another run at the Stanley Cup.
After Tuesday morning’s schedule release, we now know what the Predators have on their plate for the upcoming season. Nashville’s 82-game campaign begins on October 3rd at home vs Kevin Fiala and the Minnesota Wild. Oddly enough, the season will also end at Bridgestone Arena vs the Wild on April 4th.
The Predators will be home for a 4-game home stretch to start the season, with Minnesota, Detroit, San Jose, and Washington coming to town to kick things off.
From there, things only heat up.
While every game in an NHL season is important, some stand out more than others.
The two most notable games that stick out to me are on December 7th and January 1st.
On December 7th, P.K. Subban will make his return to Nashville with the Devils, for the first time since his trade over the weekend. That other big game is on New Year’s Day, as the Predators travel to the Cotton Bowl to face the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Winter Classic. Dallas will also come to Bridgestone Arena on December 14th for the first time since they beat the Predators in Nashville in Game 5 of the playoffs last season.
Other highlights and key stretches…
- 12 back-to-back stints (16 of those 24 games are on the road)
- 5 four game road trips
- 2 home stands of 4+ games
- 1 Sunday night home game
- 4 games vs all Central division teams except Minnesota and Chicago, who they play 5 times
- Home and home with St. Louis on November 23rd and 25th
- 10 of the first 14 games at home
- 2 games against reigning President’s Trophy winners – Tampa Bay Lightning
- 15 games in March
- Visits from the Capitals, Red Wings, Rangers, Flames, Lightning, Coyotes, Penguins, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Islanders, Golden Knights, Flyers, Oilers, Blue Jackets, Senators, Kings, and Canadiens
The NHL Draft is over and development camps are beginning. Free agency begins July 1.
We are less than 3 months from puck drop on another year of Predator hockey!