There's rest and relaxation ahead, but the Nashville Predators have to work before they earn the reward.
For the first time in League history, each team is receiving a bye week, a five-day break with no games, no practice, and for the Preds, it begins Monday. The only thing standing in their way is a weekend doubleheader with four points on the line.
Nashville hosts Florida on Saturday afternoon and Dallas on Sunday evening at Bridgestone Arena, two teams that, like the Predators, remain in the thick of the playoff race in their respective conferences. That only figures to magnify the intensity and importance of the weekend ahead.