Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators: December 23 2023 at 2 pm
Do you know the only thing that is better than Saturday matinee action against one of your biggest rivals? When said game is right around Christmas time.
Yes, the Predators will go into a probably much-needed holiday break after a matchup against the Dallas Stars.
Even for a Predators team looking to change their style of play, games against the Stars are always guaranteed to be fierce, intense, and very chippy, as neither team can stand each other in the slightest.
This will be the first time the two teams face off against each other in 2023-24, and from the Predators point of view, they will be looking to get back on track.
The Predators failed miserably to beat the Stars last season after having a fair amount of success in the previous years, so they will want to take control of a newer rivalry that has only picked up in the past few years.
Additionally, this will be Matt Duchene‘s return to Nashville, and unlike many situations where players leave previous teams on bad terms, Duchene actually wanted to stay in Nashville and did not leave on his own, and only grew as a leader and person in his time here.
Yes, Duchene may now play for the Stars who Predators fans rightfully loathe, but Duchene himself deserves a joyous ovation in his return. He made great contributions to the team and city of Nashville, and I can tell you that I am looking forward to cheering his name in his return, as should the rest of the fanbase.
It will only add to the excitement of a big rivalry game around the holidays in which both teams should be in a dogfight, as per usual in this matchup.