The Nashville Predators’ 2009-10 home opener will be Oct. 8, 2009 (a Thursday) against the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced Tuesday.
The Avalanche won three of four games against the Predators (two by a single goal) in 2008-09. It was the first time in five seasons Nashville lost a season series with Colorado.
Also, the Predators learned that the three Eastern Conference teams they will play twice in the coming season are Atlanta, Florida and New Jersey. Of those, only New Jersey was a playoff team this past season.
Under the NHL’s current scheduling format, teams play six games each (three at home, three on the road) against the teams from their division, four games each (two at home, two on the road) against the remaining teams from their conference, two games each (one home, one away) against three ‘wild card’ teams from the other conference and one each against the remaining 12 teams from the other conference.
The complete 2009-10 NHL schedule will be released Wednesday afternoon.