Originally written on Section 303  |  Last updated 7/19/13
Wednesday came and went. Then Thursday came and went. Finally, on Friday afternoon, the National Hockey League and Nashville Predators announced their 2013-14 schedule.The Preds open their season on the road in St. Louis on October 3 and then the very next night in Colorado. Their home opener will come Tuesday, October 8 against Ryan Suter and the Minnesota Wild.Originally slated for release on July 17 — a dead day in the world of sports — the schedule was delayed because an agreement between the NHLPA, the IIHF and the IOC had not yet been reached. Friday, the impasse was rectified and, therefore, the NHL schedule was released.The parties were seeking an official agreement because the NHL has allowed its players to participate in the last four Winter Olympic Games (Nagano in 1998, Salt Lake City in 2002, Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010). Now that that agreement is in place, Sochi, Russia will have NHL players on its ice this coming February as well.The league will shut down ope...
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