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Let’s Do That Hockey: Predators vs. Blue Jackets

In January, my dad and I traveled to Columbus for our annual father-daughter hockey trip. We try to make it to Columbus when the Nashville Predators are in town, though weather sometimes makes it difficult. It was cold this year, but the skies were clear and there was no snow in the forecast. Game on!

I had never sat behind the bench, so we chose tickets on that side of the arena. From previous experience, I knew that’s generally where fans of the away team choose to congregate. It was a great choice! There was nearly an entire section of Preds fans at the game, ready to scream and cheer and pump the team up.

Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Jan. 10, 2019

Willy Daunic interviewing Colton Sissons | Pekka Rinne stretching | Players getting ready for warm-ups | P.K. Subban

One of the many fun things about hockey is watching warm-ups. No matter where your seats are, arenas permit fans to come down next to the glass to catch a glimpse of their favorite players. Lots of people bring signs to beg for pucks, sticks, and photos. I always like to use the opportunity to take a few pictures of some of my favorites.

Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Jan. 10, 2019

Filip Forsberg | Calle Jarnkrok | Roman Josi

The game was a little bit crazy. The Preds were down 3-1 with 5 minutes left in the third period. Hockey scores can change very quickly, however, and the Preds were able to tie it up before the end of regulation. This forced the game into overtime, tied 3-3.

Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Jan. 10, 2019

Coming onto the ice for warm-ups | Selfie with Dad | Opening face-off | Starting goalies on the scoreboard

In the end, the Preds lost and still picked up the loser point. But it was worth it because of this:

Ekholm is my absolute favorite player. He doesn’t score a lot, but he’s scored both times I’ve traveled to Columbus.

Also, does anyone know how you get this job?

Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Jan. 10, 2019

Mattias Ekholm

I’m always looking to improve my skills and expand my resume. 😉

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