The return of the World Cup of Hockey after a dozen-year hiatus means Nashville Predators fans will see their favorite sport resume action earlier in the year than ever before.
Four Preds skaters are scheduled to play on the international stage at the eight-team tournament that’s now merely five weeks away from pre-tournament (preseason) action.
Mattias Ekholm and Filip Forsberg will suit up for Team Sweden and play in the four-team Group A; Roman Josi (Team Europe) and Pekka Rinne (Team Finland) are both in Group B. After a seven-day, pre-tournament slate, the two-week World Cup of Hockey tournament will start on Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning with group play, followed by the semifinals, and lastly, a best-of-three finals beginning on Sept. 27.
Most of the preseason games will be live streamed via WatchESPN, while all of the tournament action will be carried on the ESPN networks. You can of course visit NashvillePredators.com for highlights and the latest digital content on the Predators’ involvement at the tournament.
So, again, hockey is very close to resuming action. Here’s when and where to catch all the Preds at the World Cup:
|Date ||Time (CT) |
|Event ||Location ||Network |
|Thursday, Sept 8 ||11 a.m. ||Sweden vs. Finland ||Helsinki, Finland ||WatchESPN |
|Thursday, Sept 8 ||7 p.m. ||North America vs. Europe ||Quebec City, Quebec ||ESPN2 |
|Saturday, Sept 10 ||11 a.m. ||Finland vs. Sweden ||Gothenburg, Sweden ||WatchESPN |
|Sunday, Sept 11 ||5 p.m. ||Europe vs. North America ||Montreal, Canada ||WatchESPN |
|Tuesday, Sept 13 ||6 p.m. ||Finland vs. USA ||Washington, DC ||ESPN |
|Wednesday, Sept 14 ||6 p.m. ||Sweden vs. Europe ||Washington, DC ||WatchESPN |
Following the preseason, the remainder of the World Cup will be held in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.
|Date ||Time (CT) |
|Event ||Network |
|Saturday, Sept 17 ||2:30 p.m. ||Group Play: USA vs. Europe ||ESPN2 |
|Sunday, Sept 18 ||2 p.m. ||Group Play: Sweden vs. Russia ||ESPN |
|Sunday, Sept 18 ||7 p.m. ||Group Play: North America vs. Finland ||ESPN2 |
|Monday, Sept 19 ||2 p.m. ||Group Play: Europe vs. Czech Republic ||ESPN2 |
|Tuesday, Sept 20 ||2 p.m. ||Group Play: Finland vs. Sweden ||ESPN |
|Wednesday, Sept 21 ||2 p.m. ||Group Play: North America vs. Sweden ||ESPN |
|Wednesday, Sept 21 ||7 p.m. ||Group Play: Europe vs Canada ||ESPN2 |
|Thursday, Sept 22 ||2 p.m. ||Group Play: Finland vs. Russia ||ESPN |
|Saturday, Sept 24 ||6 p.m. ||Semifinal One ||ESPN2 |
|Sunday, Sept 25 ||12 p.m. ||Semifinal Two ||ESPN |
|Tuesday, Sept 27 ||7 p.m. ||Final: Game One ||ESPN |
|Thursday, Sept 29 ||7 p.m. ||Final: Game Two ||ESPN2 |
|Saturday, Oct 1 ||6 p.m. ||Final: Game Three (if necessary) ||ESPN2 |