Hockey season is almost upon us as the Nashville Predators took the first steps toward the 2023 season on Monday with the installation of the new ice surface at Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators are just over two weeks away from the start of rookie camp on Sept. 13 and a little less than a month away from the team hosting its first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Lighting on Sept. 27 at Bridgestone Arena.
Nashville will also play in a four-team, three-game rookie showcase hosted by the Florida Panthers which also features the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Predators begin their regular season with a matinee special on Oct. 10 in Tampa before they welcome the Seattle Kraken to Nashville for the home opener on Oct. 12.
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