We've missed you, fang fingers.
The Nashville Predators are set to open their 2020-21 NHL season against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 14. The Preds will be on the Bridgestone Arena ice for the first time since Aug. 7, 2020 (a span of exactly 160 days).
The opening match marks the first of 56 games on the regular-season schedule for Nashville in this abbreviated campaign being played amidst the ongoing pandemic. But, with protocols in place, and a burning desire from players and fans alike to get back to the game they love, the puck will drop once more, and the motivation couldn't be greater.
A lot has changed — some good, some not so good.
For starters, Pekka Rinne's a proud new father! Other significant changes include all of Nashville's 2021 games coming against opponents in their division and the Preds' season is starting without fans in attendance.. The team says it hopes to welcome fans later this season.
Tonight's contest (click here for a virtual program) will be the first of eight between the two Central Division foes this season, with Columbus also scheduled to play at Bridgestone Arena again this weekend on Saturday, Jan. 16. Nashville's 21-player opening night roster consists of 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. See the complete roster here.
Next week on Jan. 18 and 19, the Preds hit the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes. After that on Jan. 26 and 27, they face of against the Chicago Blackhawks for their last home games in January. Check below for the Nashville Predators’ full home schedule.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for Opening Night from Nashville begins on FOX Sports Tennessee at 6 p.m. CT with the Predators Live! pregame show hosted by Lyndsay Rowley and Terry Crisp. Willy Daunic, Hal Gill (filling in for an absent Chris Mason) and Kara Hammer have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and J-P Dumont will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Pregame coverage on the radio begins at 6 p.m. with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
2021 Predators Home Schedule
Games are subject to change. Check the official calendar for the latest details.
- Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Blue Jackets
- Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Blue Jackets
- Monday, January 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Hurricanes
- Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Hurricanes
- Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Blackhawks
- Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM vs Blackhawks
- Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Lightning
- Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:30 PM vs Lightning
- Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Red Wings
- Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Red Wings
- Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM vs Blue Jackets
- Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM vs Blue Jackets
- Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Panthers
- Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:00 PM vs Panthers
- Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Red Wings
- Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Red Wings
- Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Stars
- Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Stars
- Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 2:00 PM vs Blackhawks
- Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 4:00 PM vs Blackhawks
- Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Lightning
- Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Lightning
- Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Panthers
- Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Panthers
- Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Stars
- Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Stars
- Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Hurricanes
- Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM vs Hurricanes