David Poile understands that business demands must be met in the National Hockey League, as they must in any profit-driven venture.
The Nashville Predators’ general manager also has his superstitions, though, which is why he does not see Saturday as a notable day for his franchise – at least not yet.
It was other franchise officials who decided that first-round playoff tickets for games at Bridgestone Arena would go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.
“We’re not there yet,” Poile said. “Obviously, business is business. … I’m cautious or superstitious or whatever you want to say. It’s not over until it’s over.”
Following Nashville’s 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday there at least is the possibility that a playoff berth will be secured by the team the sale commences.
If the Calgary Flames lost Friday at Colorado the Predators will be assured to finish no worse than eighth place in the Western Conference.
Tickets will be available for Games 3, 4 and 6 of the first round at the Bridgestone Arena box office, TicketMaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or nashvillepredators.com or by phone at (615) 770-7825.
The Predators will be guaranteed two home games in the first round. Game 6 will be played only if necessary.
Tickets for any ensuing rounds will be sold only when the Predators advance to those rounds, which ought to sit well with Poile.