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Monday, April 21
I can't believe this season has gone by so quickly.
Although Sunday we suffered a disappointing loss, we are extremely proud of our team. They have given one hundred percent at every game, and Sunday's game was no exception. We got off to a bad start when our captain Jason Arnot was sidelined due to a concussion. Then, in the second period, Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom got extremely lucky when his shot took a crazy bounce over the shoulder of Dan Ellis; who by the way played an awesome game making several saves. All of the guys played intensely from the drop of the puck till the final horn. Their aggression on the ice was matched by their sportsmanship at the game's end.
One of the highlights for me is always the intermission and Gnash skits. During our second intermission we even had a special guest, Rob Bironas. He completely slaughtered his tug-of-war opponent, who just happened to be a Detroit fan. And as always Gnash kept the fans pumped and on their feet throughout the entire game.
It's been a great season and everyone -- from the Preds staff to the Dancers and Goal Girls -- did a great job at making this year a success. Most of all, I am going to miss our fans. The Nashville Predators have by far the most dedicated and supportive fans in the NHL. They give every game so much energy and enthusiasm. I love meeting and talking with all of them, and I look forward to seeing everyone back next season. NHL teams be ready because next season not only will we make it to the play-offs but we are bringing home the cup!!
I love you guys,
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Thursday, April 17
Shhhhhhhhh...... Don't let Detroit know we are coming for them!
Last night we played the Detroit Red Wings in the 4th game of the playoffs and what a great night for hockey in Nashville! If you were there on Monday for the pep rally it was pretty cold - but last night was amazing weather and an even more amazing crowd outside the gates! The festivities started outside the Sommet Center with live music, games and fun for everyone! The car smash was awesome and it really set the tone for the night as we got ready to play some smash-mouth hockey with the Wings!
To start things off, GNASH came in with his vintage death drop to the ice and we got to throw out a ton of shirts to the craziest fans in the NHL! Country music star Jo Dee Messina kicked off the night with her powerful vocals singing the national anthem (wow what a voice!) and our beloved Governor and First Lady dropped the puck.
The first period was intense with both teams going at it in "old time hockey" fashion! When Dan Hamhuis scored the first goal on the power-play to give us a 1-0 lead the place was rocking! And then we scored 32 seconds later with Weber putting one between the pipes putting us up 2-0! (We are getting good at these back to back goals huh!?!?!?)
Leading 2-0 made for a lot of fun during the 1st intermission as all my Goal Girls (Taylor, Amanda, and Annie) threw out tons of T-shirts (and some pucks to the kiddos) to the greatest fans ever! It was really cool to be able to work with all the girls tonight since usually we only have two girls at each game. And how about those Dancers! I thought it was their best performance of the season!
I am a skating coach at Southern Ice Arena in Cool Springs and it's great to see my students, parents and familiar faces coming out to support the team! My husband mentioned that the Preds players aren't the only ones who bring their "A" game to the Playoffs....I'll admit that my accuracy and arm strength throwing those T-shirts to the most rowdiest and deserving fans rulz!!!! LOL! Did anyone get to see me strike my skating version of the "Heisman" pose on the ice before throwing a T-shirt to our own Eddie George? One of the highlights of my night!!!
Second period … how close was Erat to making it 3-0 with his wrap around try that Hasek barely saved with the tip of his skate! When Detroit finally lit up the lamps for their first goal it didn't affect us as de Vries said "right back atcha!" sliding one through Hasek’s pads to give us a 3-1 lead . We carried the momentum into the 3rd and dug down deep to take the win and even the series at 2-2! What a great feeling! GO PREDS!
Remember the last regular season game against St. Louis when the crowd went crazy during the TV timeout? I was there as a spectator and got chills while slinging my t-shirt around with everyone! But last night on the ice hearing it from the players perspective was unreal - I will never forget standing next to our teams bench and couldn't believe how loud our fans REALLY ARE! The adrenaline rush is amazing and it's no wonder our guys fed off it to fight off those pesky Red Wings time and time again...Props to you "7th Man!!!"
And before I forget - it was also really cool to see Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, Dierks Bentley and Dave Ramsey in the crowd -- just to name a few! And how about our own GNASH in the 3rd period with his dance medley? GET ‘R DONE!
OK - to sum it up our guys kicked some tail and amazed us once again with back to back goals and some stellar net play from Ellis... and now we are all locked up with the team picked to win the whole thing! I read in the paper a few weeks ago how Detroit was 4:1 odds to win the cup and the Pred’s were 500:1 - all I have to say about that is BRING IT ON!!! I love all you fans out there and can't wait to see you on Sunday for Game 6 after we take it to 'em in Detroit on Friday!
LET'S GO BOYS! "HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOO STANLEY!!!"
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Tuesday, April 15
Nashville Predators fans are amazing! I love the playoffs! What a game last night. What an atmosphere. It was my first ever Stanley Cup Playoffs experience, and I was NOT disappointed! The players wouldn’t give up, and I’m fairly certain the fans played a giant part in Nashville’s 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3.
The night kicked off early with a pep rally outside on the Sommet Center plaza. The weather cooperated (for the most part), allowing for a great turnout. Fans were treated to all kinds of entertainment from a rock-climbing wall and a jousting ring, to a shooting exhibition by Belmont and TSU basketball players. And Damon Smith rocked out on the main stage. There were even a few guest speakers and Preds players to get the crowd pumped.
Once inside, after the honorary puck drop by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the singing of the national anthem by country music legend and avid Preds fan Vince Gill, Game 3 was underway. After falling behind 2-0, Nashville tied it up towards the end of the 2nd period with goals from Alexander Radulov and David Legwand, and not without the help of the crowd and another magical TV timeout. Goose bumps!
The Red Wings took back their lead early on in the third and probably thought they had the game in hand. But, in the words of ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend!” With under four minutes left in the game, Ryan Suter tied the game at three and the arena went nuts! Before anyone could even sit back down, only nine seconds later, Jason Arnott scored the go-ahead goal and sent the crowd into a frenzy! Dan Ellis stopped all remaining shots to earn his first playoff victory, and Martin Erat added an empty-netter to seal the Preds victory!
My personal highlight of the game was waving a flag out on the ice as the game ended and during the Three Stars of the Game presentation. There are no words to describe being down there, looking around the arena at the 17,000-plus Preds fans, and soaking up all the energy and exhilaration. Being such a sports fan, I have attended many big sporting events of all types and levels. Monday night was for sure among my personal top. Thanks Predators players and fans for making my first Stanley Cup Playoffs experience so special! See ya at Game 4!
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Tuesday, April 1
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Wednesday, March 26
Hi Preds fans. I hope everyone had a Happy Easter!
Last night’s game against the Blue Jackets was amazing! It was very exciting and entertaining game to be part of. We could not lose. The enthusiasm of the players and fans were incredible, and with the win we still have a chance for Playoffs!
We knew it would be a big crowd, so all 14 of us were dancing for this game. Our locker room was a little crowded as we were getting ready for the game, but we were all excited to see the boys take on the Blue Jackets. It's always a physical game when they come to town.
Before the game, there were big crowds at the main door, and I always enjoy signing autographs on posters and interacting with our great fans. This is definitely great experience for me because I couldn't experience this if I was living in Japan!
I absolutely enjoyed cheering for this game because the players were so intense tonight! I am always amazed at the speed of the game; how fast the players skate and how quickly the puck moves around the rink.
During the game, Jen H. and I went to section 202, 203 and 204 for the Shane Company T-shirts toss. I love the fans in these sections!! During the second period a puck hit the glass and smashed it during play. It was the first time I had seen that happen during a game. Since they had to replace the glass, the second intermission came before the end of the second period. Wow, It was crazy moment!! And then when the guys came back on the ice they had to finish the last few minutes of the second period before they started the third.
We ended up winning 3-0, and it was great to see all the fans yelling and screaming as they were leaving the Sommet center! Awesome game!
This is my first year with the predators, and I can’t believe the season is almost finished! We have one more home game to win!!! Let’s all get loud and cheer for our team to make the playoffs!!!
Hope to see everyone next Thursday at the Sommet Center for the game against St. Louis.
Let’s go preds!!!
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Monday, March 24
Hey Preds fans, it’s Denise and Kacey. Not only do we dance together, but were roommates too. It’s always exciting when we get to work the games together.
Wow! What a game. Our captain Jason Arnott set the pace early by scoring quickly in the first period. The Blackhawks responded with a goal of their own, and the score was tied 1-1 for the rest of the game.
From the moment the puck dropped, to the final shot, this game was packed with intensity. Thanks to the fans for making this a sell out game! There’s nothing like seeing those seats filled and hearing the roaring crowd on game day!! As they walked in, we gave away the cutest little stuffed monkeys. This was a really fun game with a totally different vibe than most of our games since it was an afternoon start.
During intermission, contestants competed in an electrifying game of bed races! This is one of our favorite promotions. We love to see the fans get involved. They all ran as fast as they could on the ice, but in the end the orange team -- our team, of course :) -- crossed the finish line first for the victory!
Saturday’s game was also full of special guests and new faces. We were excited to see Jimmy Fallon out to support the team. The high school hockey championship game was played right after ours. We got to meet both team’s players and wish them all good luck. We had the wild and crazy US men’s soccer team decked out in Preds gear cheering our guys on, as well.
It was definitely an eventful game with an awesome finish. The crowd was on its feet as the Preds scored the winning goal in a shootout. We were all so excited for the much-needed win. Don’t know if we were more excited about the win or the players’ center-ice salute. We love it when they do that!
As always, we’re proud of our players. And we’re grateful to our awesome fans for their continued support!!!
Denise & Kacey
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Friday, March 21
Hey there Predators Fans –
Yesterday was the first day of spring and hopefully the last of the Predators’ home losses for the season – we must break this streak! The Preds lost to Detroit last night 6-3. I am always excited to work the games when Nashville plays Detroit because of the intensity that each team brings to the game. It is by far my favorite match-up throughout the course of the season. The Preds had momentum on their side due to their win in Detroit on Saturday (3/15).
Taylor and I worked the game last night which was a blast – she is always so much fun to skate with! We greeted fans at the doors, signed autographs, and took a bunch of pictures with fans. Once we got downstairs, Taylor and I met Keith Anderson and talked with him for awhile before he went out to sing the National Anthem. Keith recognized me from previous games and gave me a big hug!
The game was extremely fast-paced from the opening face-off. I am always amazed at how incredibly fast these guys can skate! The Preds scored first and sustained their lead until the second period when the Wings took a 3-1 lead. I knew the Preds would come back fighting, and that they did! They scored two quick goals to start the third period and tied the game up. I thought the boys were going to pull out the win, but unfortunately it didn't happen. Let’s hope that tomorrow’s game against Chicago results in a WIN!
I am still hopeful that we’ll make the playoffs…come on boys! Lord Stanley is waiting! They say that spring is in the air right now, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s hockey fever! The Stanley Cup Playoffs are in sight and the Preds need our encouragement to help them get there. I hope to see you at the game tomorrow afternoon against the Blackhawks!
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Amanda _/ \_
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Tuesday, March 18
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Sunday, March 16
An early Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Last Thursday’s game against the Kings was a disappointment for both the team and its fans but we still have a shot to make the playoffs. And beating the Red Wings yesterday puts us back on the right path. There are still nine games until playoffs officially start and I know that we have a strong enough team to recover.
The Predators need our support. Just look at how they bounced back; going from loosing at home to LA in one game, to beating the leagues best team -- and our most hated rival -- by two goals on the road the next. Give credit to our boys, they took their loss and used it to motivate them further……like a true competitor would.
When everyone is on the same page then we have the potential to beat any team in the league. The Red Wings game more then prove this. The team played well together and they had the energy and drive to succeed. So keep your head up Nashville and support your team….. so no matter what the outcome, we gave it our best SHOT!!!
Let's make sure the arena is loud on Tuesday night to cheer our boys on to a victory over Washington!
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Tuesday, March 4
Hey Preds Fans! As you know, our wonderful Predators are still on the road, but the dance team never stops! Monday evening Jen and I got the privilege of accompanying Gnash to visit boys and girls associated with Family & Children Services at the Bethlehem Center. Family & Children Services is an amazing non-profit social service agency that provides programs for children and adults to promote positive life choices and support for families.
The evening started off with a visit from Gnash. The kids were thrilled when Gnash walked into the room! They were giving him a lot of hugs and high fives. Gnash hung around while we answered tons of hockey questions, everything from, “Does Gnash ever get to play hockey with the team?” to “What player has spent the most time in the penalty box?” After we answered all of their questions, Jen and I read some fun hockey books to the group. It was so rewarding to see all the kids so engaged in the books and enjoying being read to. I highly recommend "The Magic Hockey Stick" by Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas for all those young hockey fans out there. We also read some short poems from "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein selected by the kids.
After reading, Jen organized a game of Duck-Duck-Goose and a basketball shoot-off. Playing basketball with the kids reminded me why I never took up the sport growing up. I believe my new seven year old friend scored twice as many baskets than I did!! I think I will stick to dancing!
The evening ended with a raffle for Preds tickets and handing out gift bags to the kids. The bags included prizes such as calendars, t-shirts, gloves and water bottles! Jen and I signed some autographs and got some big hugs from the kids. I really feel like everyone really enjoyed themselves. I know Jen and I did!
Well Preds fans, keep cheering on the guys while they are on the road and I will see you all on Tuesday, March 11th!
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Monday, February 25
Thanks to our fans for making Saturday night’s game a sell out! This was the last Saturday evening game of the season and this Preds game was full of excited and dedicated fans. Our fans were so dedicated they were willing to miss out on the majority of the Tennessee/Memphis NCAA men’s basketball game. The fans were welcome to stick around the arena and watch the end of the game on the Megatron. It was a great atmosphere to watch the game and support our state.
To start the night the spotlight followed Jillian during pre-game introductions as she almost slipped on the ice. She kept her balance as she took a bow for the crowd.
The first period was full of exciting chants and cheers as we fought hard against Dallas. We made the fans in 330 smile as Gnash picked their section as winners for the Tennessee Lottery Lucky 7 tickets.
We couldn’t stay for long as we were on our way to the Toyota Drive By. The first intermission was entertaining for us backstage – we discovered Doug had to not driven a stick shift in almost a decade. Hold on girls!
The stars aligned for Dallas during the second period as we made our way to sections 222 and “Cell Block” 303 for the Shane Company T-shirt toss…going up!
As always we are grateful to the fans who continue to support us and the team on and off the ice. We lost a tough one but with two weeks full of games on the road we need your support! Continue to follow the boys on the road.
- Go Preds!
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Friday, February 21
It was hockey night in Nashville as the Predators took on the Vancouver Canucks Thursday. Anyway, major props to the fans for making it a SOLD OUT game! It is always exciting to dance for a full house and feed off the energy of the zealous fans.
Working the doors was busy as usual passing out posters, welcoming fans, and snapping photos. I felt like a fan myself by bringing my camera along to take pictures of us dancers and goal girls in action! We were also in red shirts to honor women who fought, and still currently fighting heart disease. It was part of the “Go Red!” campaign. With everything going on, I knew it was going to be a fun game seeing the looks of anticipation for a win in the fans eyes.
One of my favorite parts of each game is walking out on the ice and introducing Gnash and the players. Everything from the cheers to the music give me an adrenaline rush I know everyone else feels. I was ready to see some action!
Throughout the game, the Predators played a very active and aggressive game. All the players were not afraid to get physical and there were a ton of great hits! No matter where we were dancing, whether it’s in the cell block (section 303) or right next to the ice, each hit was heard and the action was hard to miss. Having both of our goals scored on power plays pumped the crowd up even more and led to an antsy overtime period and shootout.
In between periods, we got to entertain the crowd with funny games like the bungee pull and hockey puck races. Those guys who participate are always wild and up for a good time!
One of the biggest questions I get as a dancer is “How do you walk on the ice?” We have shoes to put over our boots but no matter what I wear I am always nervous that I am going to slip on the ice!
Even though our guys lost in the shootout, the game overall was exciting and entertaining. It is proof that no matter the outcome of a game, fans can still leave being entertained and in support of our Predators. I feel the fans were into the game the entire time and were behind our team 110%. Win or lose, the Nashville Predators know how to play an active and powerful game and leave fans breathless and excited in the end. Come say hi next time you’re at a game!
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Wednesday, February 19
Last night we played the Edmonton Oilers … what a game! We started at doors at 6:00. It was freezing! I always feel bad for the fans who are standing outside in the cold, but then I realize we’re the ones with our tummies exposed!
We all gave out tons of posters last night; there are two separate posters for the fans to collect, one of the dancers, and one of the goal girls. It’s always fun to interact with the fans. Preds fans are the BEST! Especially the kids, I love seeing them smile!
The game started out great and at the end of the first period we were ahead 2-1! The cutest little hockey kids went out and shot pucks during the first intermission. It was adorable! Can you imagine that once upon a time little that all the Preds were just little hockey widgets! Look at how far they have come! I bet those kids were on cloud nine getting to shoot pucks on game ice. Gnash was out there too … on skates. I was impressed. He’s pretty good! But he did let quite a few of those pucks get in the net.
Molly and I had a great time skating around during first intermission … we threw out tons of tee shirts. But I’m not a very good shot, and I think most of my throws go to arms I wasn’t aiming for! Ooops! I kind of throw like a girl!
The second period was rough. We scored another two goals, but the Oilers tied the game! I saw Dan Ellis’s face … he looked so upset when those pucks went by him! I think it must be rough to be a goalie! By the end of the second period, we were neck in neck 4-4.
Second intermission was fun; I saw the dancers dancing in the aisles. Those gold pom-poms really grab your attention! Very talented girls!
Amanda and Annie, two of the other goal girls, were sitting in the crowd last night! Annie snuck down to the ice and waved. I have to admit, it was strange to see her face on the other side of the glass! She’ll be working with me during Thursday night's game, though.
Third period was intense. Everybody was on the edge of their seats ... but finally we scored and the game was OURS! I love when the Preds win! I think they’re the best team in the league! Hopefully we’ll stay on a winning streak, and beat the brakes off of the Canucks on Thursday!!! See ya’ll then!
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