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Trotz Returns To Nashville As Opponent On January 16

Trotz Returns To Nashville As Opponent On January 16

CREATED Jun 23, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Predators coach Barry Trotz will return to Nashville to face his former team for the first time January 16 when the Washington Capitals visit Bridgestone Arena.

Trotz was the only coach in Predators franchise history before being fired at the end of last season. He was hired as the Capitals' coach in May. The Capitals visit Nashville on January 16 and host the Predators on March 28.

The matchup with Trotz is a highlight of the Predators' schedule that was released Sunday.

New Predators coach Peter Laviolette, fired by Philadelphia last October, will face his old team December 27 when Nashville hosts the Flyers. Laviolette will return to Philadelphia on February 21.

Laviolette also previously coached the New York Islanders (2001-03) and Carolina Hurricanes (2003-09). The Predators visit the Islanders on February 19 and host the Islanders on March 5. Nashville plays at Carolina on December 2 and hosts the Hurricanes on January 6.

Nashville has six of its first eight games at home but follows that up with a six-game trip from October 29 to November 8 as Bridgestone Arena hosts the Country Music Association Awards. That represents the Predators' longest trip of the season.

The Predators also will play four straight road games from March 9-15 while Bridgestone Arena hosts the Southeastern Conference men's basketball tournament.

The Predators open the season October 9 by hosting the Ottawa Senators. They have two more home games October 11 against Dallas and October 14 against Calgary before making their first trip of the season.

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