The Nashville Predators gutted out a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals last night under poor ice conditions at the First Mariner Arena in the first ever Baltimore Hockey Classic.
The team will return to the ice today from 11 a.m to 2:30 p.m at Centennial Sportsplex for practice but there will be only two sessions instead of three.
Barry Trotz explained the change in schedule, " The three sessions (over the weekend) allowed us to go through repetitions. We knew that we didn’t want to have too much grind but we wanted good pace and lots of repetitions so we went to the smaller groups. Now we are going into bigger groups. Our fitness level is good."
Earlier today, we began a mini-series looking at three older defensemen hoping to make the team. They were all undrafted and don't have the flash of being a star in junior or come with the expectations of a high draft pick. Nonetheless, they have compelling stories and could make the final roster when cuts are made.
The first post of the trilogy is "Tyler Sloan: Looking for a Fresh Start in Smashville."
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In Pred Nation...
Predators' season ticket holders have received emails inviting them to the Bridgestone Arena starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to pick up their new "Predators gold" jerseys. Saturday's morning skate will also be open to the early arrivals.
Jay Levin has instant analysis from last night's victory.
Josh Cooper had updates on Frankie Bouillon riding the bike, Tyler Sloan facing his old team, and Blake Geoffrion having a wrist injury.
Dirk Hoag has the tribute video that is being shown in the rinks around the league memorializing the great losses of life over the summer.
Tyler Sloan was especially critical of the ice at last night's game. PHT also has a few quotes from others on the playing conditions.
Ryan Porth continues his goalie mask series with a look at Chet Pickard's.
Patten Fuqua surveys several Preds about the new NHL social media policy.
Tom Callahan blogged about his return to the booth before last night's game.
Bryan Mullen reveals that Colin Wilson has increased focus this preseason.
The Predatorial looks into the crystal ball to project Colin Wilson's season.
Paul McCann has his daily updates.
Aaron Sims discusses the Predators' training camp from his view in Milwaukee.
Rumor from @lenspower: via my ticket rep, the #preds meet the team party is tentatively scheduled for tuesday october 11th!
Around the NHL...
Realignment was the primary topic of conversation at yesterday's NHL Board of Governor's meeting. The league wants a decision by December.
Chris Johnston reports a positive response to the changes in the nets that were tested on Monday at the Air Canada Centre in the game between the Leafs and Sens. The league is going to discuss changes with the NHLPA in order to move forward quickly.
Hockey was back in Winnipeg last night and even though it was the preseason, it had an unusual feel. The hometown Illegal Curve labeled it the 5624th day.
Ryan Porth has the top five Norris Trophy candidates in a preseason version of his trophy tracker.
Dustin Byfuglien was charged with four separate counts yesterday from his boating incident last month.
TSN has five Central Division burning questions. They also consolidate all 30 of their team fantasy previews on one page.
Lee Sweatt scored an important game winning goal against the Predators in Vancouver last January and has now given up the hockey dream for a career in investments.
Andy Strickland asks if Kyle Turris need a change of scenery. The answer is yes.
Nick Cotsonika looks at James Reimer as the real deal for the Leafs.
Owen Nolen is attempting a return to the NHL with Vancouver. He has not played in the league in 15 months after playing 24 game in Europe last season.
Here is a picture of the curved glass at the end of the bench from HabsInsideOut.
The 2011 Lester Patrick winners have been announced. Mark Johnson, Bob Pulford, Toni Rossi and Jeff Sauer will receive the award for outstanding service to hockey at a reception on Oct. 26 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Kingscast has Episode 122 with interviews from the Kings Hockey Fest.
For those in the Toronto Area, our friends at Hockey 54 are having an opening night party on October 6 at Philthy McNasty's. Everyone is invited.
Finally, with everything else going on, Dustin Byfuglien said that he used Kyle Wellwood to make him look thin in physicals.
Odds and Ends...
My daughter the dancer made her music video debut in this video. I'm not exactly sure who the music would appeal to but she did get several solos including at 0:53, 1:16, 1:25 (on the floor), and 1:32.
Google + is now open to everyone. It will be interesting to see how quickly it grows since it won't require an invite.
Show and tell has changed a lot from when I was a kid. No one ever used to bring crack pipes as far as I can remember.
The Feds are worried that "bath salts" sold in smoke shops will be flooding the market as owners try to sell the soon to be banned substance at cut rate prices.
Someone has a one in 3200 chance of being the second person to be hit by falling space junk on Friday. This could be you shot at fifteen minutes of fame.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass