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Smashville Scope: October 14

Forsberg and Jarnkrok Hit 400 Games, Follow the Preds On the Road and More in This Week's Smashville Scope

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

It's rare for two players to reach the same milestone in the same game, but a pair of Swedes did just that on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Predators forwards Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok appeared in their 400th NHL game together, impressive timing for the good friends. 

Both drafted elsewhere - Jarnkrok to the Red Wings, Forsberg to the Capitals - the two have only skated for the Preds in their careers. The 25-year-old Forsberg was acquired in a deal at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline from Washington, and Jarnkrok joined the club under similar circumstances from Detroit one year later. 

"They've been a big part since I've been here," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said of the two. "I don't think they played too much before that, and so you're talking five years going on six years of them being regular impactful players for our team, both really important pieces to our group. Different players, but equally important."

Forsberg's first NHL game came soon after he was traded in April of 2013, and Jarnkrok debuted a year later. Injuries have allowed Jarnkrok to catch up to Forsberg in the games-played department, and while the timing of everything wasn't planned, it seemed rather appropriate for the former roommates to add the accolade to the their names together. 

So, do they have a favorite memory of the other during their time with the Preds?

"We've got a couple goals together while shorthanded," Forsberg said. "A couple nice ones there, so that's probably it."

"I feel like he's got almost a special goal every game," Jarnkrok said. "It's tough to choose one. He had a good one last year though in Carolina when he went between his legs. That was something else."

Road Warriors:

Ever wonder what life is like for the Preds away from Smashville? Wonder no more.

Take a look at this exclusive, behind-the-scenes video that takes you on the road with the Preds. Featuring commentary from Predators forward Austin Watson, Preds Manager of Hockey Operations Brandon Walker and yours truly, get the inside scoop on how the team travels to face the NHL's 30 other teams over the course of a season.

Video: Take an all-access look at a road trip with the Preds

Ford Ice Center Bellevue Officially Opens:

The ribbon has been cut, and the ice is ready.

Though hundreds of hockey players and figure skaters had already passed through its doors, Ford Ice Center Bellevue officially opened to the public on Saturday afternoon.

Thousands of Predators fans, community leaders and eager participants came out to celebrate, lace up the skates and enjoy the Nashville's newest state-of-the-art ice facility. A full range of hockey and figure skating programs are already underway offering those in Middle Tennessee and beyond plentiful options to get on the ice.

Click here for more on the offerings, or visit fordicecenter.com for more information.

And if you haven't had a chance to make it out to Bellevue yet, here's a photo gallery from Saturday's festivities.

Video: Preds host grand opening of Ford Ice Center Bellevue

Goal of the Week:

Video: WSH@NSH: Duchene nets first goal as a Predator

Save of the Week:

Video: WSH@NSH: Rinne dives to his left for great save

Quote of the Week:

Matt Duchene, after Nashville's 6-5 win over Washington, on the passion of Predators fans: 

"That timeout when everyone was going nuts there, I remember coming into this barn and seeing [the fans] and saying 'oof, they're coming hard at us,' so it was nice to be on the other side of that this time. It was a great job by the crowd being an extra attacker for us."

Shot of the Week:

... and there's more where that came from.

Preds vs. Sharks Photo Gallery

Preds vs. Capitals Photo Gallery

Preds at Kings Photo Gallery

The Week Ahead:

Tuesday at Vegas Golden Knights, 9 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

Thursday at Arizona Coyotes, 9 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

Saturday vs. Florida Panthers, 7 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

Buy Tickets

Predators Official Podcast, Episode 56:

NHL insider of Sportsnet Elliotte Friedman provides insight into Matt Duchene finally playing for the Predators, the Central Division and Roman Josi's contract status. Plus, Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten take a deep dive into Nashville's hot start to the season and evaluate the changes to the team's offense and power play.

Catchin' Deers Mike Fisher Celebrity Sporting Clay Shoot:

The inaugural CATCHIN' DEERS Mike Fisher Celebrity Sporting Clay Shoot presented by Implement Now, held on Monday, Nov. 18, will be a fun afternoon of clay shooting hosted by former Preds Captain Mike Fisher and the Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub.

The 100-bird course clay shooting tournament will be hosted at the Nashville Gun Club along the beautiful Cumberland River. All levels of play are welcome to participate, including beginners. Each team of four will be paired with a celebrity and pro-shooters will be on hand to assist.

Registration includes ammunition, an exclusive shooter gift, boxed lunch, dinner, beverages and an awards reception.

This event will benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub, which assists Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations. The Preds Foundation and Mike Fisher will collaborate on local projects to give back and assist the community with funds from this event.

For more on how you can join Mike and his friends for this unique event, click here.

Upcoming Bridgestone Arena Events:

Looking for more than just hockey at the home of the Preds? Here's what's coming to Bridgestone Arena.

Shows:

Oct. 20: The Chainsmokers bring the World War Joy Tour to Bridgestone Arena with special guests 5 Seconds of Summer and Lennon Stella. Click here for tickets.

Coming Soon:

Oct. 16: Tickets for the 53rd Annual CMA Awards go on sale at 10 a.m. CT. The show takes place on Nov. 13.

Oct. 16: Tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters go on sale at 10 a.m. CT. There are two shows - one at 2 p.m., the other at 7 p.m. - on Jan. 25, 2020.

Oct. 18: Tickets for the All For The Hall show go on sale at 10 a.m. CT. The show takes place on Feb. 10, 2020.

Week in Review:

Recap: Josi Tallies Twice as Preds Beat Sharks

Preds Make Lasting Impacts Throughout Nashville Community

Recap: Preds Score Four in Third to Complete Thrilling Comeback Over Capitals

Recap: Preds Stage Another Comeback, Ultimately Fall in Los Angeles

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