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Life on the Road photo journal: Game day in the Music City

The Stars' 'Mom's Trip' continues with morning skate and a battle with the Predators presented by Toyota

by Sean Berry @DallasStars /

As the Stars continue this season's 'Mom's Trip' through Nashville and Arizona, take an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at what life is like on the road through the lens of team photographer Sean Berry. For more, follow @seanberryphoto on Instagram.

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Thursday, February 7: Morning skate in Nashville

10 a.m. CT

Stars defenseman Connor Carrick smiles at captain Jamie Benn through the entrance door as he boards the team's charter bus, which took them from their hotel to Bridgestone Arena for pregame skate.


10:15 a.m.

Jason Spezza shares a laugh with his mother, Donna, as the team exits their buses at Bridgestone Arena to head inside.


10:25 a.m.

Before getting ready for practice, the Stars' players, staff and their moms pose for a team photo on the bench.


10:40 a.m.

Anton Khudobin, the Stars' starter in net for Thursday's game against the Predators, watches intently as head coach Jim Montgomery walks the team through its pre-practice film study.


10:45 a.m.

Assistant equipment manager Dennis Soetaert prepares for the morning session by sharpening skates.


11 a.m.

Following the group's video session, assistant coach Todd Nelson sits down with forwards Denis Gurianov (middle) and Mattias Janmark (right) for a quick individual lesson.


11:10 a.m.

Jason Spezza, Jamie Oleksiak and Carrick chat inside the dressing room while putting the finishing touches on their sticks before practice.


11:20 a.m.

The Stars' moms find their seats in the lower bowl at Bridgestone Arena to watch morning skate.


11:30 a.m.

Veteran defenseman Roman Polak follows his teammates onto the ice for pregame skate.


11:45 a.m.

Spezza jokes with teammates Jason Dickinson and Brett Ritchie between drills.


12:10 p.m.

Associate coach Rick Bowness talks with rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen.


12:30 p.m.

Dickinson heads back down the tunnel following the hourlong practice.

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