The Nashville Predators will go on the road just once in the first two weeks of the National Hockey League’s 2010-11 season. That one trip will take them to a place they know all too well.
The Predators will travel to Chicago for a game on Oct. 13, four days after they open the season at home against the Anaheim Ducks, for a matchup against the reigning Stanley Cup champions and the team that eliminated them in the first round of the 2010 playoffs. Nashville lost two of three at the United Center, including a 5-4 overtime heartbreaker in Game 5, the last time the teams met in that building.
While it will be the Predators’ first road game of the season, it will not be the first home game for the Blackhawks, which means the celebratory tone of the home crowd might be diminished somewhat.
The early trip to Chicago is one of the highlights of Nashville’s schedule for the coming season, which was released Tuesday.
Among the more notable aspects:
• Nashville will play division rival St. Louis four times before the end of November. The first of those will take place in Nashville on Oct. 14, the day after the trip to Chicago and the first of 13 back-to-back pairings. The final meeting won’t be until April 9, the final game of the season.
• The Predators will be on the road for much of November, They will play 10 of 11 away from home beginning Oct. 30 at Detroit and Nov. 22 at Columbus. All nine games will be played in different cities and will include a swing through traditional hot spots Toronto (Nov. 16) and Montreal (Nov. 18).
• The most significant Western Conference road trip will take place Jan. 16-26 an will take Nashville to Chicago, Phoenix, Colorado, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.
• The Predators will play at Philadelphia against the 2010 Eastern Conference champions on Feb. 3.
• They will be at home against Boston on St. Patrick’s Day.
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