I missed out on this trip last year and was bound and determined not to miss out again this time around. If you've never been to Nashville, you really ought to put it on your to-go list. Great town, vibrant nightlife. Just a cool place. I dig coming here.
Tonight the Panthers look to snap a three-game losing streak (0-1-2) against a fairly red-hot Preds team that was slowed by the Blues last night. The Preds played at home last night while the Panthers flew up after losing to the Maple Leafs, so should be interesting to see how things go.
Just spoke to Pete DeBoer and he confirmed what we all just assumed: Scott Clemmensen in net for the Cats. As you can see from my picture above, Tomas Vokoun is still very popular up here. As he should be.
He was an original Pred and spent eight seasons here. I've seen at least half a dozen Vokoun jerseys today and one of his fans even went out and bought a Panthers 29 jersey to try and get him to sign it for them. This picture was taken across the street from the arena and its the old mustard yellow alternates. Thanks to Bennett for posing for the pic. Hope you had a nice dinner.
Other than the change in net, the lineup stays the same. Gregory Campbell is on the trip but not playing tonight; he could go Monday in Atlanta (why do we get two nights in the ATL and only one in Nashvegas? Ain't fair I tell ya.)
-- Talked to Pete a little bit about the team's lack of that killer instinct. They just don't bury people. Had a chance to knock out the Leafs and didn't do it. Will have more of that later.
-- Panthers seem to be more comfortable on the road. Not counting the Helsinki games (those were neutral site games) and Florida is 3-5-3 at home and 6-4-1 on the road. Pete says he thinks the team is playing well at home and doing the right things. That, he says, will translate into road wins eventually.
After winning three straight on the road at Buffalo, Detroit and New York, the team came home and lost two in overtime to the Penguins and Rangers, then lost in regulation to the Leafs. Getting two of six home points almost negates those six road points, no?
-- Florida played 12 games in October and went 4-7-1 with nine points; through the first 12 games of Novembre, the Panteros are 6-3-3 (15). Pretty big difference.