The Nashville Predators will take on the Winnipeg Jests tonight at 7 p.m. in their first home preseason contest of the year at the Bridgestone Arena. The Preds bring a 3-1 preseason record into the game which is the first of three games at the arena before the season kicks off.
There are are a few tickets left for tonight's game and plenty of activities on the plaza before the puck drop. Go here for more details. If you are unable to attend, the game will be streamed on the Preds web site as well as Fox Sports Tennessee's site.
Here Is the Predators Roster as well as the one for the Winnipeg Jets. With a few exceptions, the Predators have a team that is fairly representative of what you could see opening night.
There remains an intense battle on defense as well as for the last few forward positions. The goaltending lineup is also in the process of sorting out to see would would be the first call-up from Milwaukee should Pekka Rinne or Anders Lindback suffer an injury.
The Predators still have 52 players on the preseason roster and with Milwaukee's camp opening on Monday, there should be wholesale cuts within the next 24 hours. I would expect to see less than 30 or so healthy players remaining in camp by the first of the week.
As a special bonus this morning, here is the complete NHL Stats package for all teams through last night's games. It's interesting that Chris Mueller and Colin Wilson are tied for the league lead in points.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOntheGlass