Just one week ago, the Predators were in Toronto preparing to take on the Maple Leafs. How quickly things change in these unprecedented times.
Six days later, uncertainty abounds throughout the hockey world and beyond, but there are still things to smile about, too. But, before we get to those in this abbreviated version of the Smashville Scope, an update on where things stand with the COVID-19 virus and the NHL.
The latest public update from the League came on Monday in regard to all players, including the Predators, and how they should go about self-isolating and where they should do so. The memo read as follows:
- Effective immediately, Players can opt to return home (outside of the Club's home city, including outside of North America, to the extent flights are available).
- The self-quarantine period should continue within the Player's home through and including Friday, March 27, unless a longer period may be required in accordance with local mandates related to travel. Players should continue to report immediately any symptoms or testing results to Club medical staff.
- At the end of the self-quarantine period, and depending on world developments between now and then, consideration will be given to allowing the opening of Club facilities to Players in scheduled and coordinated small groups for voluntary training and care of the Players on the same basis as in the off-season.
- Our objective will be that, in addition to continuing regular updates, we will be able to provide high-level guidance on the potential of opening a training camp period roughly 45 days into the 60-day period covered by the CDC's directive.
As had previously been stated, the NHL does hope to award the Stanley Cup and crown a 2020 champion at some point, but time will tell on that front.
Don't forget we've set up a page here on NashvillePredators.com with information on the NHL's pause to the 2019-20 season with a number of frequently asked questions. This page will continue to be updated in the days and weeks to come.
Greetings from Fil and Jos:
Since returning to Nashville last Thursday evening from Toronto, Predators players have been self-isolating at home, and a couple have sent in video messages to say hello to all Preds fans.
In case you missed them, enjoy these greetings from Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi.
Fox Sports Tennessee to Air Top Preds Games:
There's a way to get your hockey fix, and it starts on Thursday night. Fox Sports Tennessee will be re-airing some of the top Predators games from the 2019-20 season, and it begins with Nashville's dramatic 6-5 comeback win over the Washington Capitals from back in October.
Don't forget to interact on social media with Preds broadcasters during the game, and click here for more information and a full schedule of showings over the next two weeks.
Give With Us:
We may not be able to gather in person, but there are still ways to give back during this time.
The Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub is currently hosting a Preds & Threads Fashion Show auction, presented by Dillard's, the Mall at Green Hills and King Jewelers, that benefits the Middle Tennessee Tornado Relief efforts. Text "fashion" to 76278 to bid on unique auction items.
To Give With Us during Thursday's broadcast on Fox Sports Tennessee, check out the Nashville Predators Foundation Auction by texting "Preds" to 76278.
The Nashville Predators will be hosting AMEND Together Night on March 19. AMEND Together is a primary prevention initiative dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging men and boys to be a part of the solution. Training is essential to changing the culture of violence in our schools, workplaces and communities. If you or your organization is interested in an interactive, engaging training, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To donate, please visit NashvillePredators.com/amendtogether.
Predators Prospect Nominated for Hobey Baker Award:
A Nashville draftee is up for the top honor in all of college hockey.
David Farrance, a third-round pick by the Preds in the 2017 NHL Draft, and now a star defenseman at Boston University, has been named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the player judged to be the best in the game at the men's collegiate level.
Farrance led all NCAA defensemen in goals (14), points (43) and points per game (1.26) this season, and the junior blueliner guided his club to double overtime of the championship game of the annual Beanpot Tournament back in February, including a goal and two assists in the final outing of the tourney.
To vote for Farrance to win the Hobey Baker Award, click here.
Predators Official Podcast:
With the impending threat of the coronavirus, the NHL elects to pause the Predators' 2019-20 season immediately. What's next? Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis provide some insight into one of the most unprecedented times in the history of sports. Plus, Willie O'Ree, the Hockey Hall of Famer who broke the NHL color barrier, joins the show.
Willy & Mace Show Off Slick Dance Moves:
Finally, something to make you smile in all of this.
Like so many of us, Preds broadcasters Willy Daunic and Chris Mason are looking for ways to pass the time at home with their families. With that in mind, and just like they certainly used to do back in the day, the pair both broke out some dance moves earlier this week.
Bravo. Let that dance floor cool down first before hitting it again, gents.