Our first official road trip of the regular season down to the Music City started off quite rough.
The storms on the way down to Nashville gave our team a decent amount of excitement on the second part of our flight. The turbulence provided a lot of white knuckles and cheers once the team plane landed.
Since it been a few years since the team has had the opportunity to play in Nashville, the guys were all very excited to play in a different city and spend a few hours taking it all in. The boys always look forward to walking down Broadway and listening to all the live country music pouring out of each club and restaurant every morning, afternoon and night.
Being the first regular season road trip, we all have to break out the travel bags after a few months off. We are bound have a few things left behind during the season, but especially early on.
One of our forwards (not naming names) found their suit bag a little lighter than they remembered. Upon unpacking, he found a key piece to his game day wardrobe missing… suit pants!
So, after a quick conversation with the front desk as to where the closest place to complete a quasi-suit was, he was on his way. Beggars can’t be choosers; after finding a pair of pants a few shades off (and many extra pleats later!), the crisis was averted.
Needless to say, the boys had a good laugh with their fashion-plate teammate on game day.
In addition to the scenery, it's always great to visit Nashville too because it also gives us an opportunity to catch up with many former Buffalonians with ties to the city and our team.
|JP Dumont (Photo: Getty Images) |
Most of us know Predators play by play broadcaster Pete Weber , who spent many seasons in Buffalo with the Bisons. Preds Equipment Manager Pete Rogers spent over seven years with the Rochester Americans.
Tim Darling, son of the legendary “Voice of the Sabres” Ted Darling handles the team’s media relations duties. Former Sabres goaltender coach Mitch Korn was with the team from 1991-1998, and of course former Sabres forward JP Dumont. JP made sure to let us know we were lucky he was hurt and wasn’t going to face us that night!
As we left the morning skate, I noticed quite a few Sabre jerseys on the streets. Once the opening puck dropped, there were hundreds of old school and new Buffalo jerseys as well as many Sabres shirts.
They definitely had a great road presence and great for the boys to see and hear on the ice.
The crowd was loud the entire game and there was a pretty good cheering battle between Sabres fans and the Preds supporters. After some great saves late in the game by Nashville goaltender Pekka Renne, the hometown fans gave him a standing ovation. Pretty cool to see how much the fans appreciate their team in a “non-traditional” market. But when Mike Grier scored a few minutes later, fans of the visiting team made some noise of their own.
Overall, it was a pretty uneventful first regular season road game. It was a smooth ride back home and great way to bring home the first road win of the year. You could say it was “sweet music to our ears.” Sorry that was bad, but I had to get some reference in there…
Florida, here we come.