The Nashville Predators return to the Gaylord Entertainment Center for the first time in nearly five months tonight, as a preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes kicks off home rink activity for the 2006-07 campaign. Tonight's game, a rematch of last night's showdown in Raleigh that ended 5-4 in Nashville's favor, faces off at 7:00 p.m. and can be heard on WKDF 103.3-FM. Better yet, tickets are still available for the contest and can be purchased online or by calling (615) 770-PUCK or visiting any Ticketmaster outlet.
Nashville's last appearance at the GEC came on April 30, when the home team dropped a 2-1 decision to San Jose. The loss eliminated the Predators from the first round of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Preds, holder of the best regular season home record in 2005-06, will look to return to their winning ways on home ice tonight.
The game will be the Predators' fourth of the preseason and third in as many nights. Nashville off-season trade acquisition Josef Vasicek came back to haunt his former team in Friday's exhibition game, scoring the game-winner with just over one minute remaining in regulation. Ex-Predator Scott Walker, who went to Carolina in exchange for Vasicek, also played in the contest but was kept off the scoresheet. Predators prospect Kim Staal scored twice for Nashville and Jordin Tootoo contributed two assists, while goaltender Chris Mason stopped 21 shots to earn the victory.