By Miranda Martin
While everyone is waking up to their Sunday post-game hangover, alcohol-induced or not, the Nashville predators shootout loss against the Columbus blue jackets Saturday night was not what many were expecting.
Before everyone calls the sky falling for the Predators, there were both good and bad points from the first game of the season. The good news is that the first game is in the books, and the team can start finding solutions to apparent issues. The bad news is that the game was sloppy, and it was obvious that the last game was over eight months ago.
Beyond the Predators, most performances around the league were a little off. For every team in the NHL playing Saturday, it seemed more like preseason than the regular season. This is the first time that an NHL season has started with absolutely no preseason since the Predators have come to existence. Even with the shortened season in 1994-1995, there were exhibitions before games counte...