We are nearing the end of week 2 of training camp for the Nashville Predators. They will face the Dallas Stars in an exhibition game on July 30.
The team will then move to the first game of the qualifying round against the Arizona Coyotes on August 2.
A lot of exciting news has come out of the first week of training camp. The return of the JoFA line, the return of the beloved third line of Rocco Grimaldi, Nick Bonino, and Craig Smith, and some frustrated Nashville Predators trying to score on Juuse Saros are just a few things that happened last week.
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It’s now less than two weeks away from playoff hockey. The Predators will finish training camp and then head to their hub city of Edmonton for the exhibition game and the qualifying round.
While the days are gradually counting down until the qualifying round, 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.
We will continue to follow the team carefully to see how they’re passing the time and staying ready to go when the playoffs start.
In this week’s check-in with the Predators, I took a look at some of the fun things going on with some of the players, including the second week of training camp, a Norris Trophy finalist, and the Duchene Diaries.
Return Of The JoFA Line
Training camp saw the return of the fabled JoFA line. Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg, and Viktor Arvidsson are together again in camp. It is a safe bet to assume that this line will be together during the playoffs as well.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) July 18, 2020
Josi For Norris
The finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy were announced on Monday. We feel that there is only one choice due to the impact that Roman Josi has had on the team this year.
Gonna tweet this everyday probs pic.twitter.com/lMychVS4d0
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) July 21, 2020
Duchene Diaries – Episode 3
Matt Duchene started a video blog to chronicle his preparation for training camp and the upcoming playoffs. In this episode, Matt takes some time to answer a few fan questions.
Hey Preds fans! You asked and now with the help of @FifthThird I’m here to answer. Check out Episode 3 of the #DucheneDiaries where I respond to some fan questions you’ve been waiting to hear! #ad #Preds pic.twitter.com/p6aKGAN7ln
— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) July 21, 2020
Fox Sports Tennessee Game Coverage
Fox Sports Tennessee announced that they would be carrying the exhibition game against the Dallas Stars and the Qualifying Round games against the Arizona Coyotes. These games will also be covered nationally on the USA Network and the NHL Network. Radio coverage on 102.5 The Game will be available as well.
— Thomas Willis (@TomAWillis) July 21, 2020
To add to this, the NHL is announcing national coverage of:
Exhibition game (NHL Network)
Game 1 (USA Network)
Game 2 (NHLN)
Game 3 (NHLN)
— Thomas Willis (@TomAWillis) July 21, 2020
A Chance To Give Back
The Predators and the Coyotes are teaming up to host blood drives in their respective communities. It’s good to see on-ice rivals working together to help others. Check out the locations and schedule below.
We are joining efforts with the @ArizonaCoyotes and even though our teams are competing on the ice, we’re coming together, hosting blood drives to give back in our respective communities. Visit https://t.co/UDldfw4A1O to make an appt. 💛 Give #ForSmashville pic.twitter.com/3W35xEMQgJ
— Preds Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub (@PredsFoundation) July 16, 2020
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