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10-13-2011, 06:54 AM
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Home Opener!! Nashville Predators v Phoenix Coyotes: 7pm CDT



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Nashville Predators
2-0-0 4pts
Wilson - Legwand - Smith
Erat - Spaling - Kostitsyn
Tootoo - O'Reilly - Halischuk
Smithson - Geoffion - Hornqvist

Weber - Suter
Klein - Blum
Laakso - Hillen

Rinne
Lindback

Coach Barry Trotz

Phoenix Coyotes
0-1-1 1pts
Whitney - Langkow - Doan
Pyatt - Hanzal - Vrbata
O'Sullivan - Gordon - Lorpikoski
Torres - Nokelainen - Boedker

Yandle - Morris
Ekman-Larson - Aucoin
Klesla-Schlemko

Smith
Coach Dave Tippett

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The Nashville Predators kick-off the home portion of their 2011-12 campaign tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes, a team with which they split the season series with in 2010-11 two games apiece, despite a plus-four goal differential. While Phoenix won the first (Nov. 3, 2010) and last (Feb. 19, 2011) meetings by one-goal margins, Nashville prevailed by three-goal margins in its wins – a 3-0 win at Bridgestone Arena behind Rinne’s third shutout of the Coyotes in a six-start span on Nov. 30, 2010, and 5-2 decision on Jan. 18, 2011 at Jobing.com Arena where J-P Dumont recorded the franchise’s fourth-ever road hat trick. The power play was also particularly strong, going 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) over the four-game slate, despite scoring all five at even strength on Dumont’s big night. The Predators have posted a home record of 10-2-(1)-1 vs. the Desert Dogs since the start of the 2003-04 campaign, going 16-9-(1)-2 overall in the same span.

Patric Hornqvist scored the Preds other two goals in the 5-2 win on Jan. 18, and led the team in points against Phoenix a season ago with five (3g-2a) in four games, and has eight points (5g-3a) in nine career contests vs. Phoenix… Matt Halischuk recorded his first career multi-point effort in the Jan. 18 contest, notching two assists… Cal O’Reilly has three points (1g-2a) in four career outings vs. the Coyotes… Phoenix is one of just three teams that Rinne has recorded three shutouts against (Minnesota and Vancouver are the others). For his career, the 6-5 netminder is 6-3-1 with a 1.78 goals-against average, a .937 save percentage. It is the lowest goals-against average against any team he’s faced more than three times.
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The Nashville Predators(2-0-0) will play their first regular season home game of the 2011-2012 season on Thursday night when they take on the Phoenix Coyotes(0-1-1).

Phoenix opened the season with a 6-3 loss in San Jose, and a 2-1 shootout loss in Dallas. They will be looking for their first win of the season, and will play a desperate style of hockey against the Predators.

Ilya Bryzgalov was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers, so Mike Smith was brought in to handle the goaltending responsibilities for the Desert Dogs.

Nashville comes into the game having won both of their first two contests on the road. They will be looking to move to 3-0-0 on the year, and to collect points that could prove to be very valuable at the end of the year.

My player to watch for the Coyotes is Shane Doan. As is usually the case for Phoenix, Doan has been their best player so far this season. He has two goals and one assist in the first two games, and is tied with Keith Yandle for the team lead in shots with 11. Doan is the heart and soul of this Phoenix team, and his play largely dictates the play of the entire team.

For Nashville, my player to watch is rookie phenom Craig Smith. He has two goals and two assists in his first two NHL games. It will be interesting to see how he responds to the atmosphere of opening night in Smashville.

The festivities begin at 4:00 p.m when the players, coaches and broadcasters will walk the gold carpet with select season ticket holders. After that, there will be a plaza party leading up to the game. The puck will drop at approximately 7:08 p.m.
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10-13-2011, 07:06 AM
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Bringing my girlfriend and meself down for the game tonight! Not looking forward to the 6 hour drive but preds hockey is worth it!

Hopefully Hornqvist and or Erat and or Fisher will be good to go for tonight.




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Bought tickets last night. I'm ready to rage.

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Wish I could be there, but Saturday will have to do. Go Preds!

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You can't win 'em all if you don't win the third one.

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woohoo! hockey time in smashville.

i didn't think erat or horny were going to play. has anyone said officially?

so go Bergfors............and I'd like to see Eckholm!

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Got my tickets, new jersey, and dad and I are going to that weird Mexican restaurant for the superstition meal that got us through Round 1 last season. That and I like tacos.

I wonder if they'll top the Run This Town video.

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Today is finally here!!! Planning on leaving the house at 3:30 for the 119 mile drive to my parking spot at the library to catch my first EVER home opener!

I'm in the all you can eat zone and interested to see what my ticket guy was saying about opening up the concourse area and the food offerings.

Go Preds!

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317 baby! Getting my lucky Five Guys burgers and fries before the game. Probably 30,000 calories in that brown bag of heaven.


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Figured the first home game would be appropriate to make my first post on HF.

Just picked up my tickets in 107. Bringing a friend from work who is a Columbus native, but since the BJ's suck, he wants to get on a winning team.

Question- How do I change my avatar to one of those cool Gold Rush ones?

Let's Go Preds!!!

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Figured the first home game would be appropriate to make my first post on HF.

Just picked up my tickets in 107. Bringing a friend from work who is a Columbus native, but since the BJ's suck, he wants to get on a winning team.

Question- How do I change my avatar to one of those cool Gold Rush ones?

Let's Go Preds!!!
go to the avatar thread and request a player.

you'll have a link sent to you in a PM.

then go to User CP, and click edit avatar

copy and paste the link into the box and click update avatar and you should be good to go


ps... great screenname...

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As you can probably tell I am a Thrasher refugee. I have only seen the Preds play a couple times before so I can't provide much in-site right now. Give me a about a months time and I will be caught up on the style of play, players, etc.

Opening nights in the NHL are best of any pro sport around. Y'all enjoy yourselves tonight!

Go Preds!!

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Not sure where my wife and I are sitting tonight, but we will be there! This is the most exciting time of year! Go Preds!

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go to the avatar thread and request a player.

you'll have a link sent to you in a PM.

then go to User CP, and click edit avatar

copy and paste the link into the box and click update avatar and you should be good to go


ps... great screenname...

Thanks Volde.

And yeah I just noticed PP's tagline. Guess I need to change my screenname

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All my stuff ready to sit high atop the perch of Section 304 tonight!! The real prob for me is finding a jersey that doesn't look like a tent on me now and sporting the '98 Bauer White out of mothballs!! The joys of losing weight...

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Thanks Volde.

And yeah I just noticed PP's tagline. Guess I need to change my screenname
No need to change your screen name from my tagline. Trotz's Doghouse is as large as the oceans are deep....there's plenty of room in there for everybody.

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You can't win 'em all if you don't win the third one.
Haha, good point. Go preds baby!

Make some noise!

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All my stuff ready to sit high atop the perch of Section 304 tonight!! The real prob for me is finding a jersey that doesn't look like a tent on me now and sporting the '98 Bauer White out of mothballs!! The joys of losing weight...
I have the exact opposite problem. I've been trying to put on weight, but can't really afford to buy a lot of new clothes. It's been a bit of a tricky proposition.

Tonight, I watch the game with a girl who says she doesn't like hockey...







Yeah, we'll ****ing see about that


No Bryz to beat. Shane Doan is old, and can be broken. Keith Yandle is overrated.

Just. Freakin. Win.

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Got my tickets, new jersey, and dad and I are going to that weird Mexican restaurant for the superstition meal that got us through Round 1 last season. That and I like tacos.


Beer n peanuts for me tonight! Can't break tradition.......

Go Preds!

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WHAT IN GODS NAME IS THAT!
i'm thinking that is the BJ's attempt at a mascot....that or an adult toy with wheels

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Not gonna be there tonight in person, but I'll be watching.

Go preds.

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Bought tickets last night. I'm ready to rage.
im gonna have to couch tour this one. we better stomp these yotes


EDIT: if anyone can film/ post the new intro from tonight that would be greatly appreciated.


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I'm not a Preds fan and never have posted in a GDt, but I'm PVRing this puppy to see this Smith kid.

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I'm not a Preds fan and never have posted in a GDt, but I'm PVRing this puppy to see this Smith kid.
You're not a Preds fan YET.

Cool, thanks for posting. We hope he makes it worth your time.

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