The Nashville Predators are in Winnipeg to play the Jets tonight at 7:30 p.m. CDT. There is no official TV or radio but the game is being broadcast over TSN-Jets so those inclined to look may be able to find a feed somewhere on the Internet.
It is a homecoming for several Preds who have never played in their hometown area including Barry Trotz and Colin Wilson.
Wilson was excited to be going home after Wednesday's game, "I'm looking forward to going back up there. I've got some dinner plans with my parents so that will be fun."
From Winnipeg, we hear that Dustin Byfuglien will not play for the Jets tonight. Here is a list of who the Jets will put on the ice.
Don't forget about all the weekend's fan appreciation activities and tomorrow's open house before the Predators-Hurricanes game tomorrow night.
Make the jump for all of today's news and links...
Today on Smashville On The Glass Radio, we are pleased to have Preds' radio guy, Tom Callahan and Launy "The" Schwartz from Hockey 54 who is launching a new radio show on 102.5 The Game on Sunday nights. This should be a fun show with two really entertaining guys.
Join us at Noon CDT or anytime on podcast.
Preds Meet the Team Party...
The official notification to season ticket holders was sent stating that the Meet the Team party will be on October 11 from 6-8 p.m. Also, for those interested, the Nashville Sports Council Faceoff event will be just before the party at 4:00 PM. For $25 you can eat at the All Inclusive Zone and listen to Pete Weber and Terry Crisp’s commentary during practice. Select players will be available for a Q and A after practice.
In Pred Nation...
Amanda DiPaolo takes a look at the Predators' first game ever in Winnipeg.
Smashville 24/7 looks at the personnel decisions that will be made during the two weekend games.
Josh Cooper talks about Colin Wilson going home to play and his summer motivation.
John Manasso talked to David Poile about realignment and it looks like there are several options available. Based on what John presented, here was my proposal.
Bryan Mullen has the latest roundup of news at Preds.com.
Jim Diamond caught up with Cliff Ronning who was back in Nashville at a youth clinic and selling his custom hockey sticks.
David Boclair also writes about Cliff Ronning.
Pekka Rinne makes the list of Nashville's top 25 beautiful people.
Matt Reitz uses Dirk Hoag's Super Schedule to declare that the Preds have the easiest schedule in the Central Division. He also asks how far is too far in on ice trash-talking.
Dirk Hoag continues with his preseason player previews with Blake Geoffrion. He's up early today with his breakfast links.
Jordin Tootoo is entering a season of high expectations.
AJ says that the Kids are Alright at Preds AJenda.
Mark Willoughby has his weekly "My View" at The View from 111.
Paul McCann was all geared up with a new post after turning over the reins to Scott Osborne for PA duties on Wednesday night.
From @BrdgstoneArena: We were the 5th busiest arena in the U.S. from July-Aug, and the 7th busiest arena in the world! Source: Venues Today trade pub. All that in the hockey offseason.
Here is a Vlog from Teea Goins who sang the National Anthem on Wednesday night. She did a good job. We wish her the best in her career.
Brendan Smith's hit to the head of Ben Smith has still not made an appearance on Shanny TV. The hearing was yesterday so we should have a new episode this morning at some point.
The AHL rode the coat-tails of Brendan Shanhan and issued suspensions to Jean-Francois Jacques and Tom Sestito.
Around the NHL...
Drew Doughty and the Kings finally came together on a eight year, $56 million contract. Here is the first interview with Doughty after the signing.
RLD's Trophy Tracker has the preseason look at the Hart.
For all the Patrick Kan fans @88PKane is reported by the team to be legit. Blackhawks DL has a guide to Kane's Tweets.
The NHL's most famous banana thrower is "mortified" that someone thinks that he is racist.
Sidney Crosby is set to travel with the Pens next week even if it doesn't involve playing.
Is Thomas Greiss the Sharks answer to their ailing goalie situation? He had a 3-0 shutout over Vancouver last night.
Jerome Iginla skated and Chris Pronger played his first game last night.
The Devils almost made it to their game with the Flyers last night but had to walk the last two blocks after the bus broke down.
Kurtenblog wants a crackdown on tackiness instead of counterfeiter.
Icethetics takes a look at the added numbers to NHL helmets.
Chris Johnston has his Eastern Conference picks.
Here is an interesting story about equipment and concussions.
Rocco Grimaldi wants women to return to more modest dress. He may be better suited for North Dakota than South Beach.
James "Tapeleg" Gralien's The Rink Podcast is back and is scheduled to be weekly this season.
Coyote fans can attend a special Town Hall Meeting this Saturday. Go here for details.
Bachman-Turner Overdrive will rock the 2011 Face-Off event in Winnipeg. Hopefully, they won't do something stupid like turn the Stanley Cup upside down a la Def Leppard did a year or tow ago.
Congrats to Vintage Leaf Memories on their two year anniversary! It's a great site that I would encourage anyone to read. It's not just for Leaf fans. We totally missed our four year birthday last week at POTG.
Odds and Ends...
The Nashville RollerGirls are in Kansas City this weekend competing in the South-Central Region playoffs with a shot at the going to the National Tournament for the second straight year if they finish in the top three.
My friend Chris Nadeau showed me the most interesting site on the internet. See what you can get for $5.
Do you own one of the top seven most dangerous breeds of dogs?
My favorite baseball team, the Atlanta Braves, completed the collapse of blowing a 10 1/2 game lead in the wild card race in 33 days and set a record for being the first team to blow an eight game Lead in September. Good work guys!
Experts think that China may be building their own Space Station.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOntheGlass