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Homecoming Kings

HomecomingNASHVILLE -- Welcome to the radio only feed from tonight's Florida-Predators tilt at what used to be known as the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

It's now the Sommet Center, which is definitely less colorful.

Anywho, as many know tonight is like a reunion of sorts.

Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun spent eight seasons with the Predators and will be in net tonight. Vokounnash First time he's played a game here since he was part of the Preds last postseason.

Martin New Nashville forward Martin Gelinas spent the past two seasons with the Panthers, and although he's the cover boy on an otherwise very updated game program, he ain't playing. Hurt his shoulder earlier this week.

As earlier reported, goalie Chris Mason -- who once played for the Cats -- won't be starting tonight. That honor goes to Dan Ellis who ended Nashville's six-game losing streak Thursday by shutting out the Thrashers 3-0.

Will be joining Randy and Billy during the first intermission, so feel free to turn off the radio at that appointed time.

And now, it's almost time for LIVE BLOG!!!!!!

-- Live Blog rhymes with Go Dawgs, doesn't it?

-- In response to email sent in from previous post, yes, I realize the Raiders don't play in Los Angeles anymore. But I still call the Nashville football team the Oilers. You want people to forget their roots? Then dump the powder blue in the team's color scheme. And I still find it offensive that in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Earl Campbell is part of the Tennessee Titans display. Same goes for Johnny Unitas being part of the Indianapolis Colts. Just wrong.

-- Good crowd here in Tennessee tonight. Thinking they are going to hit the 14,000 mark this night at least. Thanks Tomas!

-- Cue up Larry King voice: "If you like country music, Nashville is your place." ... "I like the Spurs to repeat in the NBA this season.'' ... "If there's ever been a show better than 'Mad About You,' I don't know what it is.''

Badburger -- Hardees is the official hamburger of the Predators. Have you ever seen some of these caloric, gastrointestinal monstrosities? You would think the arena would be sponsored by an insurance company -- or at least a cardiologist -- instead of a computer company.

-- Hello, Goldie....

-- The fans here do the "sucks" after each player is introduced (and at forward, No. 75 George Richards -- SUCKS!) but loudly cheered Vokoun.

-- Fang Fingers is Nashville's version of Hook 'em Horns...

-- Internet trouble, back on...

-- Panthers kill off four minute penalty; Kamil Kreps high stick.

-- Panthers get a penalty shot; Olli and Stumpel fighting for puck, Greg Zanon covered up puck in the crease; basically sat on it...

JOZEF STUMPEL WITH THE PENALTY SHOT GOAL @ 10:14 OF FIRST; FLA 1, NASH BRIDGES 0

-- Former Nashville winger Ville Peltonen called for penalty; Panthers on penalty kill

-- Zednik takes puck or stick to the face...being treated on the bench

-- Rocky Top will always be, home sweet home to G...big cheer goes up as scoreboard shows UT score: Tennessee leads South Spurriers 7-0 in first...

Bufordtjustice END OF 1 AT THE GAYLORD T. JUSTICE CENTER IN NASHVILLE: FLA 1, NAS 0

-- I'm going on radio!

NASHVILLE GETS ON THE BOARD, VERNON FIDDLER ON THE ROOF FROM DOWN LOW @ 3:21 OF SECOND; FLA 1, NASH 1

NASH SCORES AGAIN....NASH 2, FLA 1

Those of you not watching tonight aren't missing much...zzzzzzzzzzzzz

OLLI JOKINEN TIES THINGS UP W/ 46.8 SECONDS LEFT IN 2ND; FLA 2, NASH 2

-- Bo back in the box with 25 seconds left..dude was tripping!

END OF TWO AT SUMMIT COUNTY (IT'S IN OHIO) CENTER IN NASHVILLE: TIED @ 2

-- They have a contest here where winner gets $50 worth of Jack and the Box food. I don't think I have to add anything here.

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