Coming to you live from 30,000 feet! Welcome to the 2013 Nashville Predators CMA Road Trip blog presented by Renaissance Hotels.
Let me start off by introducing myself. I’m Jimi Russell, the Nashville Predators writer/blogger/PR/web guy. Yes, that’s right, I’m just like “the amazing golf ball whacker guy” in Happy Gilmore. I’ve been tasked with bringing you a behind-the-scenes experience as the team hits the road on a franchise-record tying seven-game road swing. I hope to provide you with in-sight into life on the road through pictures, videos, interviews and anecdotes. And don’t worry, it won’t just be me providing content while we’re away, as Pete Weber, Terry Crisp and Stu Grimson
will all share some of their favorite stories from this trip and others throughout their, we’ll call them illustrious, careers.
Back to the task at hand…
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time the Preds have been away from home for seven straight games. They also played seven straight on the road earlier this year from Jan.22-Feb. 5, 2013, and first played seven straight on the road from Oct. 30-Nov. 12, 2002.
As I said in the “Week Ah-Pred” feature on Monday, five of the seven games on this trip come against teams outside of the Central Division – two against the Pacific and three against Eastern Conference teams. So, any points Nashville can garner from outside of the Division are going to be extremely important. But, the games against Colorado and Winnipeg are obviously the most important of the trip.
The trip will last a total of 17 days, the longest stretch away from the Music City in franchise history, and see the team go to Phoenix, Los Angeles, Colorado, Winnipeg, New Jersey, New York (Long Island) and Pittsburgh to wrap things up on Nov. 15.
So... that’s seven flights (including the one we’re on right now), four different time zones, eight different hotels and more than 5,500 miles of air travel. So the next two and a half weeks are sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I just hope I remember what city we’re in each day.
The next time you get to see your beloved Preds at Bridgestone Arena? November 16 against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on “Keep the Red Out” night!
Stay tuned for more blogs from the road.