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10 Games We're Dying to See in 2016-17

by Thomas Willis / Nashville Predators

71 days. 1,704 hours. 102,240 minutes.

The Nashville Predators 2016-17 regular season draws ever closer, and frankly, it’s difficult to wait much longer. That’s why has complied our list of 10 games we can barely wait to see this coming season:

1) October 14 at 7 p.m. (all times CT) - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators
    October 15 at 7:30 p.m. - Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks

OK, breaking our own rules right off the bat, but it’s tough to separate the most intriguing start to the season the Preds may have ever had. NBC has selected Nashville as the place whose Opening Night they want to broadcast nationally on NBCSN, and with P.K. Subban making his debut against the Predators fiercest rival, the choice had to have been an easy one. Twenty-four and a half hours later, Nashville travels to the Windy City to complete the home-and-home series.

2) October 22 at 7 p.m. - Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators

The defending Stanley Cup Champions visit Bridgestone Arena on the fourth Saturday in October, and James Neal will have his third chance to take out his former club in front of his new fans.

3) November 10 at 7 p.m. - St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators

In the Nashville organization for the previous three years, goaltender Carter Hutton will make his first journey to Bridgestone Arena as a member of the opposition. Will we see Hutton face off against the other half of the Predators goaltending duo for the past trio of years? We’ll find out soon enough.

4) November 12 at 7 p.m. - Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators

The success of the Predators’ first Game Seven in franchise history will no doubt still be in the minds of many when the two clubs meet in the season’s second month.

5) January 3 at 7 p.m. - Montreal Canadiens vs. Nashville Predators

The new year arrives with a look at a familiar face. Former Preds Captain Shea Weber visits Smashville along with his new club in what is sure to be an unforgettable night for those in attendance. The evening will also serve as Weber's and P.K. Subban’s first head-to-head clash, an initial evaluation of a trade that will be looked back on for the next decade or more.

6) January 20, at 8 p.m. - Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers

The Predators take in the Oilers new arena, Rogers Place, for the inaugural time in mid-January. Phenom forward Connor McDavid will also demand attention as Nashville takes on a familiar Western Conference rival.

7) February 19 at 5 p.m. - Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Blueliner Seth Jones paid his first visit to Nashville as a member of the Blue Jackets during the 2015-16 season, but center Ryan Johansen will wait until February before skating at Nationwide Arena as a member of the Predators. What kind of response will the No. 4 overall pick in 2010 get from the Jackets faithful?

8) February 25 at 4:00 p.m. - Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators

The head coach of the Predators for their first 15 seasons, Barry Trotz gets a crack at his first NHL employer when Nashville hosts the NHL club from the Nation’s Capital. Seeing seven-time, 50-goal scorer Alex Ovechkin is always a nice feature as well.

9) March 2 at 6:30 p.m. - Nashville Predators vs. Montreal Canadiens

The city of Montreal has been distraught since their on- and off-ice superstar in P.K. Subban was shipped to Nashville in exchange for Shea Weber. Subban’s first contest as a visitor inside Bell Centre will be appointment viewing.

10) March 25 at 7:00 p.m. - San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators

Like the Ducks, the San Jose Sharks play in Nashville a single time during the 2016-17 campaign. Able to top the Predators in Game Seven of their Round Two series in May, last year’s eventual Western Conference Champions will have memories of overtime losses in Games Four and Six in their minds when they return to Bridgestone Arena.

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