Nashville Predators Wrap-Up: There’s Ice Down In Bridgestone

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 18: Bridgestone Arena is set for White Out Night as the Nashville Predators host the Buffalo Sabres for an NHL game on January 18, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 18: Bridgestone Arena is set for White Out Night as the Nashville Predators host the Buffalo Sabres for an NHL game on January 18, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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While we don’t yet have an actual start date for next season, there was a bit of good news this week for the Nashville Predators.

The ice is down in Bridgestone Arena for the Nashville Predators, and limited practices are taking place in preparation for the hopeful start of the 2020-21 season in the coming months.

Excitement is building as we got our first look at the new ice in Bridgestone Arena this week. As a bonus, there were social media posts from the team, showing a few players practicing.

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Hope remains that plans are moving forward within the NHL to have the season start sometime in January, if not the target date of January 1.

This seems like a monumental undertaking considering that we are at the end of November already. Training camp would need to start in the middle of December for a January 1 start to become a reality.

The teams that didn’t make the Stanley Cup Qualifiers haven’t played a game since March. They will need extra time for training camp to prepare for a season that will undoubtedly be shorter than the usual 82 games.

For Predators fans, the wait to see how the team will perform after so many roster changes is almost unbearable. There are lots of new faces, both players and coaching staff.

In fact, these are the most changes that General Manager David Poile has made in recent history. It will be interesting to see if the team climbs up the Central Division ladder or comes up short of a wildcard spot.

This week, we look at the return of the team to Bridgestone, helping others, and Nashville SC rolls on into the playoffs.

Return Of The King

On Monday, we got a glimpse of the new ice in Bridgestone Arena. Even better than that, we saw some old and new faces taking the ice to practice.

Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi, Luke Kunin, and Matt Benning all took to the ice for some small group practice on Monday.

This is a good sign that we may be starting training camp very soon. Other Predators such as Mattias Ekholm have also begun making their way back to Nashville to prepare for camp and the season start.

Predators Team Up With Metro Police For Thanksgiving

The Nashville Predators Foundation teamed up with the Metro Nashville Police Department to hand out Thanksgiving meals to needy families.

Our favorite mascot, Gnash, teamed up with officers and handed out 150 meals.

These meals helped families who participate in various programs, including A Soldier’s Child Foundation, Nashville Angels, and Mother To Mother.

Nashville SC Keeps Rolling In The Playoffs

Nashville SC scored a massive win over Toronto FC to move into the MLS Conference Semifinals.

Daniel Rios scored the game-winning goal in extra time to advance Nashville past a notoriously tough Toronto team.

Nashville’s next opponent is Columbus Crew FC on Sunday.

NHL Recognizes Predators’ Baby Boom

The NHLPA recently posted an article recognizing the baby boom that is happening within the Predators organization.

Recently, Matt Duchene and his family welcomed a daughter, Jaymes Olivia, on November 9.

Other players who will soon be fathers include, Roman Josi, Viktor Arvidsson, Calle Jarnkrok, Mattias Ekholm, and Pekka Rinne.

All of the bundles of joy are expected between now and February.

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The Predators have an excellent social media team. They do a great job keeping the fans up to date on team news and what they are up to.

While the Predators offseason rolls along, the start of training camp and more concrete details on next season should be announced soon. Changes are happening with the Predators, and we will bring you all of the news when it happens.