It’s time for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Predators are getting ready to play the Dallas Stars for the first time ever in the playoffs on Wednesday night.
This is the team’s fifth straight trip to the playoffs.
While they’re no strangers to postseason hockey, that doesn’t make it any less exciting.
Preds goalie Pekka Rinne says, “Absolutely the best time of the year. You work so hard. You prepare yourself all summer and the whole, long season and then it’s this time of the year. It’s so much fun and you get to do it as a team. It’s the best feeling”
Fans will get to have some Smashville fun before Wednesday night’s game. The new Smash Car is here.
The car is wrapped in the Dallas Stars logo and now sitting in the Plaza outside Bridgestone Arena.
The Preds’ first Party in the Park events are planned for Wednesday and Saturday this week. Fans will gather at Walk of Fame Park, to enjoy the game on a large screen. There will be food trucks and more for fans who want to cheer on the Predators.
Nashville Mayor David Briley has proclaimed Wednesday Preds Pride Day to celebrate the opening game against the Stars.
“It’s become the enviable norm here – another year, another playoff run for our Predators,” said Mayor Briley. “My proclamation is to once again let opposing teams know that we take our hockey seriously here. If there’s one thing the rest of the league knows about us, it’s that Nashville has one of the most vocal and rabid fan bases in the NHL. The atmosphere at Bridgestone Arena is second to none, and I’m ready for another fantastic run to the Stanley Cup.”
Everyone is encouraged to wear Nashville Predators clothing or colors on Wednesday and the courthouse and other city landmarks will be lit in gold.
“The passion that Smashville has for this team is the envy of every team in sports,” said Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry. “We are honored by the Mayor’s proclamation for Preds Pride Day. The success of the Predators franchise would not be possible without the support of Mayor Briley, our fans and the entire community. We look forward to celebrating in GOLD on Wednesday.”
Here’s the schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
- Game 1 Wednesday at 8:35 p.m. in Nashville
- Game 2 Saturday at 5 p.m.in Nashville
- Game 3 Monday at 8:30 p.m.in Dallas
- Game 4 Dallas. at 7 p.m. in Dallas
News 2 Sports Director Cory Curtis will report live from Dallas and we’ll be following the Preds on the Road to the Cup.