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The 2016-17 NHL season was the nineteenth for the Nashville Predators. It was the first time that the Predators made it to the Conference Semi Finals with a 4-2 series victory over the St. Louis Blues. They managed to reach the Stanley Cup Finals which again was a first for the franchise. By doing so, Nashville Predators became the third team in the league to make it to the final from the eighth seed after the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and Edmonton Oilers in 2006.
The Predators are back and have their sights set on bringing home a Stanley Cup. Led by a stifling defense, Nashville looks poised to reign atop of the Central Division and put the NHL on notice. Division rivals, the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks will fight to halt the Predators plans.
Grab your Nashville Predators tickets and head down to the Bridgestone Arena to lead your team to victory!
Standout Moments in Nashville Predators History
The First Stanley Cup Finals Appearance - Nashville’s first ever appearance in Stanley Cup Finals will always hold a special place in the history of the franchise. It is the first wild-card and eighth seeded team in the NHL that managed to upset the top-seeded team (Chicago Blackhawks) in their Conference. The Preds progressed to the finals by eliminating teams such as the St Louis Blues and the Anaheim Ducks. Although they lost the Cup to the Pittsburgh Penguins but by being a relatively new side, their resilience and technique against well-established teams deserves much applause.
2016 NHL All-Star Game - On January 31, 2016, the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville hosted what is perhaps the best weekend in the NHL season. The 61st NHL All Star Game introduced a new format in the Music City. The traditional game was replaced by a four team, three-on-three tournament with one team from each division. Four Predators namely Pekka Rinne, Shea Weber, Roman Josi and James Neal competed in the game along with future Predator P.K. Subban. This game marks the city’s first major contribution to the league. To have four Predators play in this game was a huge achievement for the franchise. The weekend brought great revenue to both the city and the NHL which finally recognized Nashville as a real hockey city.
Nashville Predators Arch Rivals
It has not been two decades of existence in the NHL for the Nashville Predators. Yet it has managed to establish rivalries with a number of teams. Some of these are budding while others are fully developed
Chicago Blackhawks -The Predators-Blackhawk rivalry is as intense in the stands as on the ice. A tendency to invade the other’s arena for away games has been noticed by fans of both the teams. Even though Nashville made a Stanley Cup final appearance, some of Hawk fans continue to deny the viability of Nashville as a hockey market which further fuels the vitriol between the two cities.
The two NHL teams have clashed a total of 105 times so far. And with the Hawks claiming victories over the Preds in 55 of these encounters, it is viewed as the number one rival of the Predators. The Preds, however, have what it takes to dominate their biggest rivals. It was a treat for their fans to watch them take down Chicago in four games during the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.
Detroit Red Wings -The Predators-Wings rivalry stemmed from the number of auto workers that migrated to Tennessee from Detroit (also known as Motor City). When the two teams were in the Central Division, they would play each other up to eight times in a season. However, that has changed since the realignment as now the Wings and Preds face-off only twice in a season. But whenever the Red Wings come to town, it is still a pretty big deal for the fans of both sides.
Greatest Players in Nashville Predators History
Nashville Predators may not enjoy a history like some of the older teams in the NHL, but they’ve produced some of the greatest ice hockey players who have led the team to where it is today.
David Legwand - Forward David Legwand is the first player to be drafted by the Nashville Predators. He played nearly 1,000 games with the team. With Legwand on the roster, Nashville made seven playoff appearances. The 2006-07 season was his best as he scored 63 points in 78 games with 27 goals.
Shea Weber - Defenseman Shea Weber was drafted 49th overall by the Nashville Predators in 2003 and went on to play for the team for eleven seasons. He became the fifth Nashville Predators captain in 2010 and remained with the team until being traded to the Montreal Canadiens.
In the 2015-16 season on December 5, Weber scored his first career hat trick against the Detroit Red Wings. This was also the first ever recorded by a Predators’ defenseman.
Weber is highly respected and adored by the fans both for his performance on the rink and his off-ice professionalism.
Nashville Predators Live Games
There's always fun to be had in the Music City and some of the best shows of the year happen on the ice at the Bridgestone Arena. While the whole building rocks on game night, pay particular attention to Section 303, which one of the loudest fan groups in the league calls home.
The NHL preseason and regular season schedule for the Nashville Predators is out. Their preseason kicks off on September 19 with a game against the Florida Panthers. The Nashville team will then be pitted against rivals such as Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets.
There is lots of thrill and fun in store for you in the upcoming months. So watch out for the Nashville Predators playoff tickets and book them as early as possible.