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Nashville's 21st Season Presented by Fifth Third Bank Begins Oct. 4 on the Road

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (June 21, 2018) - The Nashville Predators begin their 21st NHL season presented by Fifth Third Bank with two road games against the New York Rangers and New York Islanders on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6, respectively, before returning to Smashville for a four-game homestand. Nashville's 2018- 19 home opener - and raising of the Presidents' Trophy and Central Division title banners - is set for Oct. 9 at Bridgestone Arena against the Calgary Flames. The Preds close out the homestand with contests against last season's playoff rivals in the Winnipeg Jets, a season-series wrap-up with the Islanders and the Minnesota Wild.

Nashville rounds out its October slate with the first of 10 back-to-backs on Oct. 19-20 in Calgary and Edmonton and home games against former Hart Trophy-winner Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 27 and last season's Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 30.

November begins with the Preds traveling to Tampa Bay and hosting Boston before embarking on five- game Western Conference road trip from Nov. 7-15. The road swing - Nashville's second-longest of 2018-19 - starts with a rematch of last season's Western Conference First Round series against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 7 and features a game in Dallas, a back-to-back with Anaheim and San Jose and closes in Arizona against the Coyotes. 

After two games in a row against St. Louis at home on Nov. 21 and on the road on Nov. 23, the Preds start their longest homestand of the season with five straight games at Bridgestone Arena from Nov. 25-Dec. 3. Anaheim, Colorado, Arizona, Chicago and Buffalo will visit Smashville during the stretch, with the Preds' first clash of the season against the Blackhawks coming on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Nashville continues the final month of 2018 with two games in eight days against the Vancouver Canucks, the latter of which comes in the middle of a three-game home swing from Dec. 11-15 that also includes contests against the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils. December rolls along with a back-to-back in Ottawa and the team's first journey to Chicago on Dec. 17-18 before visits to Philadelphia and Boston as part of a four-game road trip. 

The Preds end 2018 on New Year's Eve in Washington with an 11:30 a.m. CT game against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals and begin 2019 with a home contest vs. Philadelphia on New Year's Day. It will be Nashville's first game on New Year's Eve since 2015 and first on New Year's Day since 2012.

Nashville will take its longest road trip since 2014-15, a six-game slate with two sets of back-to-backs, from Jan. 4-13. The trip begins with a back-to-back in Detroit and Montreal on Jan. 4-5, moves to Toronto on Jan. 7, Chicago and Columbus on consecutive nights from Jan. 9-10, and finishes up in Carolina on Jan. 13. The month concludes with a road game in Vegas on Jan. 23, which is the team's last contest before the 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend in San Jose on Jan. 26-27 and its mandatory break from Jan. 28-31.

February features a season-high nine home games at Bridgestone Arena, including two meetings with the Dallas Stars in three-game span on Feb. 2 and Feb. 7. The Preds will then play a home-and-home with St. Louis on Feb. 9-10 before traveling to Vegas on Feb. 16 and Dallas for the third and final time in the month three days later. Nashville enters the final full month of the regular season with three separate three-game road trips, beginning with a stretch against divisional opponents St. Louis, Winnipeg and Minnesota from Feb. 26-March 3. The other road trips include heading to Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose from March 12-16 and Winnipeg, Minnesota and Pittsburgh from March 23-29. In between road trips, the Preds will host the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 19 and the Penguins in a rematch of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final on March 21.

Three of the final four games of the regular season take place at Bridgestone Arena from March 30- April 6, with the Predators hosting Columbus, Vancouver and Chicago and traveling to Buffalo for their final road game on April 2. Nashville closes out its home slate and the 2018-19 season on Saturday, April 6 against the Blackhawks.

The 2018-19 schedule includes 13 Saturday home dates, including visits from the Islanders, Oilers, Bruins, Kings, Devils, Rangers, Panthers, Stars, Avalanche, Hurricanes and two from the Blackhawks. The Predators will play every Central Division club - Chicago, Winnipeg and Colorado - four times, with the exception of Dallas and St. Louis, who the team will see five times. 

Quick Hits:

  • The Preds open on the road for the seventh time in the last 11 seasons.
  • Nashville plays at home 13 times on Saturday and 11 times on Tuesday during the 2018-19 regular season.
  • The Predators will play a back-to-back on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, visiting Washington and hosting Philadelphia, respectively.
  • The team's longest road trip of the season is six games long and takes place from Jan. 4-13, with games in Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Columbus and Carolina. 
  • Nashville's longest homestand is five games from Nov. 25-Dec. 3 and features contests against Anaheim, Colorado, Arizona, Chicago and Buffalo.
  • February sees the Preds play nine home games, their most in a single month in 2018-19.
  • The schedule features 10 back-to-backs, including five road-road, four road-home and one home- road.

Click here to see the Predators' full schedule for the 2018-19 season. 

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