2010-11 Predators: Team Begins Yet Another Road Trip, This Time Through the East

Mike MacDonaldCorrespondent INovember 16, 2010

Preds head back on the road again!
Preds head back on the road again!Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Bits and Bites

Great to see Bridgestone Arena sold out for Saturday's 4-3 win at the expense of the divisional-rival Blackhawks, because Preds fans won't able to see there boys play at home until St. Louis comes to town next Wednesday.

Like I said before, four meetings early in the season and then boxing day and the last game of the regular season to finish off the six required meetings with the Blues.

However, before then it's back to the road. I'm sure the Preds Training staff is thrilled to "pull it out and pack it up again" (sounds like a Jackson Browne song, doesn't it?).


On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again...

The Preds will make an eastern swing through Toronto, Montreal, Carolina and then back to division rival Columbus, playing every other night starting tonight in Toronto.

The struggling Leafs might be exactly what the Preds need right now. The Leafs are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games and are winless in the last three games.

The Montreal Canadiens are one of the leading teams in the east and will meet the Preds after a date with the tough Philadelphia Flyers.

Carolina is much improved over their disastrous start last season. The Canes were ripped 7-2 by the Canadiens on Saturday night. Should be a good game.

Then back to face the Jackets in a divisional game next Monday at Nationwide Arena.


Other news and notes

After returning back to the line-up in the Preds 4-3 win Saturday, Ryan Suter and Martin Erat are likely to join their teammates on this road trip.

Meanwhile, Montreal native Matthew Lombardi, who is still out with concussion like symptoms will be evaluated during this trip. He is currently at home in Montreal.


Players to watch

Colin Wilson was moved back to center with a line comprising of Sergei Kostitsyn and Jerred Smithson, hopefully he will get some chances now being back at center.

JP Dumont was set-up with Dave Legwand and Joel Ward vs. Chicago, hopefully Dumont can find his stride, usually plays very well in Montreal.

Enjoy the games!


Mike MacDonald is a Featured Columnist following the NHL and Nashville Predators