Nashville Predators open the season with a loss


Tonight, the Nashville Predators opened the NHL season with a 5-2 loss to the division rival St. Louis Blues. And it wasn’t pretty. Goalie Dan Ellis couldn’t stop a thing (5 goals on only 22 shots), the power play looked flat (as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing) and the line shifts were a mess. Two bright spots were seeing D Ryan Suter score the first goal of the season to put the Preds up 1-0 just over two minutes in, and new addition Joel Ward, the first African-American Predator in franchise history, score in his first game on a nice slap shot from the right faceoff circle. Other than that though, there isn’t much positive to take out of tonight’s game. I’m a season ticket holder (full season last year, but could only afford a half season this year. Dang economy.) so I’ll be there tomorrow night as the Predators open their home schedule against the Dallas Stars. Let’s hope that Barry and the boys can make some adjustments overnight so that they don’t get embarrassed in their home opener. After the magical season last year that saw the team fight their way into the playoffs (not to mention their place in Nashville) and give the eventual Stanley Cup champ Detroit Red Wings a run for their money in the first round, it will be interesting to see how the team responds this year. Let’s just hope they come out with a little more fire tomorrow night than they did in the dud they laid up this evening. Here’s hoping…

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