Predators open in Detroit, face holiday travel for 2012-13 season

Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 11:22am

If the Detroit Red Wings spend much time this offseason stewing over the fact that the Nashville Predators eliminated them in the first round of the 2012 NHL playoffs, they won’t have to wait long to try to do something about it.

The Predators will open the 2012-13 season Oct. 12 at Detroit. Their home-opener is the following night against St. Louis, which kicks off a stretch of four straight home games in eight days.

The National Hockey League released its entire 2012-13 schedule Thursday morning.

For Nashville, holidays — or immediately thereafter — are a time to travel. The Predators will play road games the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23 at Columbus), the day after Christmas (Dec. 26 at Chicago) and the day after New Year’s Day (Jan. 2 at Phoenix).

The most significant road trip of the season begins Oct. 22 at Anaheim and includes seven games over 16 days. The final game of that stretch is Nov. 6 at Winnipeg.

For the complete 2012-13 Nashville Predators schedule click here.

Briefly


• Forward Brandon Yip signed a one-year, $750,000 contract that will keep him with the team through the coming season.

Claimed off waivers from Colorado last season, the 27-year-old had seven points (three goals, four assists) in 25 games and appeared in all 10 postseason contests.

• Chris Mueller, primarily a minor league forward for the past three seasons, signed a one-year, two-way contract for 2012-13.

Mueller has appeared in 19 NHL games over the past two seasons. He had three assists in 15 appearances in 2010-11. He scored a career-high 32 goals for Milwaukee last season, which tied him for fifth in the American Hockey League.

His new contract will pay him an NHL salary of $550,000 and an AHL salary of $105,000.