We’re all looking forward to a time when hockey resumes, but for now, we have to dig deep to stay connected with the Nashville Predators.
Many look to social media to fill that hole that’s missing in their current sports lives. We’re checking in on some of our favorite Nashville Predators players and the team to see what they have been up to this week.
There’s still a lot going on throughout the NHL despite no hockey games being played. Normally we’d be neck deep into the playoffs, and hopefully watching the Predators make another improbable run.
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Until we get back to some sense of normalcy in the sports world, we’ll be following the team and players closely to see how they’re passing the time and staying ready to go if and when the season continues.
In this week’s check-in with the Nashville Predators, we’re taking a look at some of the things that are going on around the NHL as well as the team.
Pekka’s Goal Is Up For A NHL Fan’s Choice Award
We all know how amazing the Pekka Rinne goaltender goal was. Now we have to make sure that everyone knows. Cast your vote in the NHL Fan’s Choice Awards now. Pekka deserves it.
Gnash is also nominated for “Best Mascot”, Bridgestone Arena is nominated for “Best Building”, and Smash is nominated for “Best Team Dog”.
Make your Smashville voices heard. Voting ends on June 1. Go vote and let’s get Rinne all the recognition he deserves.
Goal of the Year: Pekka Rinne.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) May 11, 2020
AHL Cancels The Remainder Of The Season
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AHL decided to cancel the remainder of the 2019-2020 season and playoffs. The Predators AHL affiliate, Milwaukee Admirals, are sitting in first place with a record of 41-14-8.
Their record-setting season, unfortunately, comes to an end. We do not doubt that they will come back next year and take the Calder Cup. For now, they’ll go down as the best team from this season that ended premarturely.
A record campaign officially comes to a close for the Milwaukee Admirals – and the rest of the AHL —> https://t.co/xmgLm7e11O
— Brooks Bratten (@brooksbratten) May 11, 2020
Some Admirals players who had outstanding seasons cut short were Connor Ingram and Troy Grosenick in net, Daniel Carr and Cole Schneider on the wing, and Alexandre Carrier defensively.
Such Amazing Talent
On Wednesday, the NHL Tweeted this video of Filip Forsberg and his girlfriend doing some amazing tricks. They are both either super talented or have been in quarantine for too long. You be the judge.
Unicycle trick shots!? Yeah, keep these coming, please. 🙏
— NHL (@NHL) May 13, 2020
Forsberg has kept busy during the pause. He also participated in the NHL Players Gaming Challenge from EA Sports’ NHL20 video game, and won his three-game matchup with the Colorado Avalanche’s J.T. Compher.
Check out that stream here if you didn’t get a chance to watch it. Very entertaining stuff.
Virtual Stanley Cup
For those who don’t know, the Predators are in the Western Conference finals, virtually. They are down 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues. The winner will move on to the virtual Stanley Cup Final.
Whoever is in charge of the simulation forgot that the Predators swept the Blues this season. Either way, we’ll take what we can get in terms of watching some kind of hockey.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) May 14, 2020
And Finally…Hal Gill Everybody!
It’s been a little while since we have been treated to the comedy routines of Hal Gill. In this new video, he doesn’t disappoint. We even see some of the Predators on-air personalities. Or do we?
There’s not much else to say except watch.
I had a dream last night that the @NHLdotcom was back and the @PredsNHL were back on the road! It went something like this… @WillyD1025 @cmace30 @LyndsayRowley @PeteWeberSports @ZenofTerryCrisp @KaraHammer pic.twitter.com/aj4onUq7Yr
— Hal Gill (@Skillsy75) May 14, 2020
During these trying times, it’s good that we can continue to follow our favorite team on social media to help provide some form of comfort and normalcy.
We’re all looking forward to a time when we can get back together in person and cheer on the Predators at Bridgestone Arena or at home with watch parties.
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