Preds announce 2015 Pre-Season Schedule

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Early this afternoon, the Predators released the upcoming pre-season schedule for the 2015-16 season – woot! For those of you who are impatient, the regular season schedule should be released this Thursday.

  • Sunday, September 20th – Florida Panthers @ 3:30PM
  • Sunday, September 20th – Florida Panthers @ 7:00PM
  • Tuesday, September 22nd @ Tampa Bay Lightning – 6:30PM
  • Wednesday, September 23rd – Tampa Bay Lightning @ 7:00PM
  • Tuesday, September 29th – Columbus Blue Jackets @ 7:00PM
  • Saturday, October 3rd @ Columbus Blue Jackets – 6:00PM

There you go, folks – mark your calendars and get ready for some pre-season action! Also, new this year, the Predators have partnered with Kroger to incentivize you to come to the pre-season games in the form of free tickets. Yes, free pre-season tickets! Starting in mid-August, fans can pick up a voucher at all participating Middle Tennessee Kroger locations while supplies last, up to four tickets! So now you really have no excuse for not putting butts in the seats.

Preds Roster – Pre-Season @ Tampa Bay

c3c4736eda313461a153118a09e33706Preds preseason begins tomorrow *eek* evening at 6:30PM (our time) in Tampa Bay and – earlier today – the Predators released the roster of who will be taking the ice. There is a good number of guys on this roster who are vying for that all-important regular season roster spot and this will be their chance to prove their worth.

FORWARDS:
ForwardsList of Forwards: Paul Gaustad, Taylor Beck, Austin Watson, Craig Smith, Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok, Derek Roy, James Neal, Viktor Arvidsson, Matt Cullen, Kevin Fiala, Miika Salomaki, Colin Wilson, Vanilla Ice Mike Ribeiro, and Colton Sissons.

DEFENSE:
DefenseList of Defensemen: Roman Josi, Victor Bartley, Seth Jones, Mattias Ekholm (who is now #14), Jonathan-Ismael Diaby, Johan Alm, Anthony Bitetto, and Brian Lee (who is on an Amateur ATO/Professional Tryout Agreement PTO).

GOALTENDERS:
GoaliesList of Goalies: Carter Hutton and Robby Stanley Marek Mazanec.

Being a preseason game, it will not be aired on television. However, the magic of radio makes everything possible and, if you download the iHeart Radio app on your phone, you can listen to the game! When you download the app, just search for radio station 970 WFLA or visit their Twitter: @970wfla

Stalberg suffers Injury in Practice

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Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America

Word that left winger, Viktor Stalberg left practice today with an injury was just released by The Tennessean. Only on the ice for about 20 minutes, Stalberg reportedly could not place any weight on his right leg and will be re-evaluated within 24 hours. The Tennessean reported that he did, however, get up and walk to the locker room on his own with two trainers in tow. Stalberg, who had a relatively mundane season last year (8G, 10A, 18P), is expected to shine under new Head Coach Peter Laviolette this season. However, if this injury proves to be more serious than a simple off-season strain, we could see another year without the diamond that is Viktor Stalberg. The Predators venture to Tampa Bay for their first pre-season game tomorrow at 6:30PM.

You can read more details about Stalberg’s injury and today’s practice through The Tennessean.

Schedule: Preds Training Camp

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Hola! Long time, no read! Eh, I’ll be back to posting a ton more once the season starts, so please bear with me. Now that Rookie Camp is over and done, it’s time for the big boys to return to town and get ready for the all important official start to they 2014-15 NHL season! Training camp began this morning at Centennial Sportsplex, but was not open to the public. Tomorrow, on the other hand, and the following days will be open to the public for your viewing pleasure (and beneficial for optimal lunch hour hockey time). Here is the on-ice schedule to follow in order to get your maximum hockey allowance before pre-season begins *gasp* next Tuesday.

Friday, September 19th:
– 8:45AM – 10AM
– 10:45AM – 12PM
– 12:45PM – 2PM

Saturday, September 20th:
– 8:45AM – 10AM
– 10:45AM – 12PM
– 12:45PM – 2PM

Sunday, September 21st:
– 10:30AM – 11:30AM
– Scrimmage @ 12PM
Monday, September 22nd:
– 9:45AM – 11:15AM
– 11:45AM – 1:15PM

Tuesday, September 23rd:
– 11AM – 12:15PM
6:30PM – @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Wednesday, September 24th:
– 10:45AM – 12:15PM
– 12:45PM – 2:15PM

Friday, September 26th:
– 9:45AM – 11:15AM
– 11:45AM – 1:15PM

Tuesday, September 30th – Friday, October 3rd:
– 11AM

Team White:

  • Defense – Shea Weber, Roman Josi, Joe Piskula, Jaynen Rissling, Anthony Bietto, Jimmy Oligny
  • Goalies – Magnus Hellberg, Rob Madore
  • Forwards – Olli Jokinen, Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok, Paul Gaustad, Viktor Stalberg, Brendan Leipsic, Viktor Arvidsson, Joe Pendenza, Justin Kirkland, Mikka Salomaki, Zach Budish, Jon Puskar

Team Silver:

  • Defense – Anton Volchenkov, Taylor Aronson, Victor Bartley, Mike Little, Jonathan-Ismael Diaby, Aaron Irving
  • Goalies – Pekka Rinne, Devin Williams
  • Forwards – Tristan Grant, Eric Nystrom, James Neal, Pontus Aberg, Gabriel Bourque, Tommy Veilleux, Mike Ribeiro, Felix Girard, Matthew Campagna, Colton Sissons

Team Blue:

  • Defense – Mattias Ekholm, Seth Jones, Johan Alm, Garrett Noonan, Brian Lee, Mikko Vainonen
  • Goalies – Carter Hutton, Marek Mazanec
  • Forwards – Craig Smith, Matt Cullen, Rich Clune, Derek Roy, Mark Van Guilder, Colin Wilson, Frederick Gaudreau, Josh Shalla, Austin Watson, Michael Liambas, Kevin Fiala

If you’ve never attended a training camp before and you don’t see your favorite player on the ice in the allotted time slot your chose to show up at, don’t panic; unless it’s Ryan Ellis (that deal is still floating in the atmosphere somewhere). No, there’s no need to panic. There will be different players in each time-slot, so you may see James Neal at 10:45AM – 12:15PM, but not at the 12:45PM – 2:15PM slot. Another thing to remember if you’ve never been is to arrive early. Centennial Sportsplex is bigger than the Ford Ice Center, but it’s no Bridgestone Arena. If you have little ones that want to be up against the glass (or you yourself), pack a brunch and get your booty to West End.