Tickets for the Nashville Predators' first two home games only are on sale, franchise officials announced Saturday evening shortly after the NHL released its 48-game, post-lockout schedule.

Seats for the remaining 22 contests at Bridgestone Arena will be available at 10 a.m. Friday.

"With such a quick start and just 24 home games, we owe it to those season ticket holders, suite holders and partners to give them the time and opportunity to select all the games they want before going on sale to the general public," chief executive officer Jeff Cogen said in a statement.

It is not as if urgency is needed beyond the first two games.

Nashville opens the season Saturday against Columbus (7 p.m.) and hosts St. Louis on Monday (5 p.m.).

After that the Predators play their next seven games on the road – a trip that begins Jan. 22, ends Feb. 5 and takes them to St. Louis twice. Including a Feb. 9 contest at Minnesota, eight of their first 11 are on the road.