Predators focus preseason game on young talent
by: Travis Hounshell
Thursday nights game against the Hurricanes was the first hockey game I have ever been too, granted I have been a fan and watched games on TV, but I came to find out that there is a profound difference. The “team spirit” and enthusiasm the Predator fans displayed during this preseason game could not have impressed me more. Everything from the Ice girls to Gnash rappelling from the rafters set a great atmosphere for my first hockey game.
The Predators J.P. Dumont recorded their only goal of the night as he intercepted a pass and drilled the puck past Carolina goaltender Justin Peters during the 1st period.
The Predators carried their 1-0 lead into the second period, that was until Carolina’s Patrick O’Sullivan was able to get the game-tying shot in the goal against the Predators Pekka Rinne. Carolina ended up scoring 2 more goals (1 of which was an open-net goal).
During this game none of Nashville’s projected top-four defensemen got on the ice, as the Predators were looking to see how their younger talent reacted to certain scenarios at game speed, while Carolina played a lineup that will closely resemble their regular season roster.
Rinne continued to display why he started all 6 playoff games last year as he stopped 17 of 18 attempts on goal. Jordan TooToo was all over the ice, creating a lot of scoring opportunities on which the Preds may have taken advantage of if they played their starters the entire game.
All in all I believe the Predators have the pieces to again continue deep into the playoffs, and if Bridgestone Arena continues to be filled with fans like the ones we sat next too Thursday I look forward to sitting side by side with some of the best fans in the NHL this season.