Nashville Predators Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The Nashville Predators kicked off the 2014-15 season with the first of six preseason games this week in Tampa Bay. They have four preseason games at home before wrapping up the preseason in Columbus on Oct. 4th. The Preds' regular season schedule starts off when they host the Ottawa Senators on Thursday October 9th. Unlike some years the club does not have to endure any brutally long road trips this season - the longest is five games on the road beginning Halloween night, Oct. 31, in Calgary. After three games at the home ice of various Canadian teams they will also play in Dallas and St. Louis before returning home to host the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 11. Thought there is also one four - game trip in March, this year's schedule does not include any of the brutally long West Coast runs that have proven to be the team's downfall in some previous years. Similarly, there are no especially extended home stands; over all the schedule seems quite balanced this year. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day games have been traditional favorites in Nashville, but this year the team plays on neither of those dates.
Nashville Predators Roster
The most notable change in the Nashville Predators' roster for the 2014-15 season has to be the switch to a new head coach, only the 2nd man ever to take the helm of the organization. Peter Laviolette will assume leadership this year, replacing well loved and much respected 15 - year head coach Barry Trotz. Coach Trotz, or Trotzi, as he was known to the local media and fans, led the Preds to multiple playoff appearances during his tenure, but the team was never able to advance much past the first round. Laviolette has his own storied history, both as a player and especially as a head coach. He has piloted three teams before this one, and in 2006 led the Carolina Hurricanes to their only Stanley Cup. Shea Webber returns for his fourth year as Preds' Captain, the first draftee to wear the C on his sleeve. Webber, a fan favorite, has long been considered one of the games' top blue-liners (defensemen) and is known to have one of the most lethal slap shots in the game.
Nashville Predators Fan Experience
Without question the most notable thing about the Predators Stadium, which makes it very unique indeed, is its' neighborhood. The facility itself is fine; a typical 15 year old modern sports arena, with plenty of concession stands and restrooms and a very nice well - appointed suite level. Bridgestone Arena is typically well staffed by helpful and friendly employees. A visit to the Arena is generally pleasurable, whether for a Preds home game of for a music concert by national acts. The experience can be greatly enhanced however by spending additional time in the immediate neighborhood, Nashville's famed Lower Broad district, with countless Honky Tonks both new and old. Country music and rock can be heard night and day, 365 days a year, emanating from literally dozens of venues nestled in with bars, boutiques, tourist shops and restaurants.
Nashville Predators Trivia
One of the most popular members of the Nashville Predators 'roster' is their colorful mascot Gnash. Gnash is a stylized Sabre Tooth Tiger, and has the trademark long front 'fangs' to prove it. Wearing hockey - style shoulder pads under his hockey jersey, Gnash appears all over the stadium and attends plenty of in - season and off - season fundraisers and charity events. Fans greet him with the popular 'fang finger', a shape made with two fingers resembling Gnash's fangs.
Nashville Predators History
The Nashville Predators franchise began on June 25 1997, when the NHL Board of Governors granted a conditional franchise to Liepold Hockey Holdings LLC. 1997 also saw the appointments of GM David Poile and first - ever head Coach Barry Trotz. Later the same year David Poile helped introduce the trademark Sabre Tooth Tiger logo, at a downdown Nashville sight where the fossilized remains of a Sabre Tooth Tiger had been discovered in the summer of 1971 during the construction of the 1st American Bank Building. In May of 98 the NHL announced the Nashville Predators as the 27th team in league history and in June of that year the Preds obtained their first player from Los Angeles, forward Marian Cisar. In October of 98 the team played its first ever home game in front of a sellout crowd of 17,298, losing 1-0 to the Florida Panthers. In April 2004 the Preds played their first - ever playoff game, losing 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Later that month they defeated the Red Wings by the same score on home ice in Nashville, earning their first playoff win.
Nashville Predators Fan Info
The Nashville Predators had their work cut out for them, opening a expansion franchise hockey team in the South, known as football country. Few fans knew much about the sport, but certain radio personalities and stations went above and beyond in their attempts to educate themselves and the Nashville public. In a brief period of time the franchise gathered a following of die - hard fans who have lasted through thick and thin for over 15 years. Games are typically a fan - friendly and family friendly environment, with many many people hanging around downtown through the day and into the night wearing Preds jerseys and merchandise, as well as the jerseys of visiting teams, especially division rivals Detroit and St Louis. One section of loyal fans, known as Section 209, is particularly vocal and leads the crowd in team cheers, similar to those used by European Soccer clubs.