The Nashville Predators’ seven-game preseason schedule will serve as a tune-up for the NHL’s new regular-season schedule format in which every team will face all non-conference opponents twice, once at home and once on the road.
Nashville will play a preseason home-and-home with the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders. Those will be the only two home games, the first of which is against the Islanders on Sept. 22 (5 p.m.).
The rest of the schedule consists of a doubleheader at Florida and a trip to Washington. The Predators and Panthers also played two games in one day two years ago and split those contests.
Washington has been a regular preseason opponent in recent years.
Nashville never has faced Tampa Bay or the Islanders in such contests.
The complete 2013 Nashville Predators preseason schedule:
Sept. 16 at Florida Panthers, 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Tampa Bay Lightning, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. New York Islanders, 5 p.m.
Sept. 24 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Washington Capitals, 6 p.m.
Sept. 27 at New York Islanders, 6 p.m.