Nashville Predators: Six Games I’m Most Looking Forward To This Season

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 29: The Nashville Predators win 5-4 in overtime against the Winnipeg Jets in Game Two of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 29, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 29: The Nashville Predators win 5-4 in overtime against the Winnipeg Jets in Game Two of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 29, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Predators Spend New Year’s Eve in the Nation’s Capital

You could argue there are few better places to spend New Year’s Eve than in Washington DC. They’ve got a great fireworks show, not quite the crowd that Times Square has, and this year, they’ve got a hell of a hockey game scheduled. The Predators travel to DC for NYE to take on the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals. It’s always exciting to see how your team stacks up against the defending Cup champions, especially with the Capitals.

I really think that had Game 7 of the Winnipeg series gone differently, the Preds could’ve beat the Golden Knights and made their second consecutive Cup Final against the Caps. However, that’s not how the cards played out. This season’s NYE game will give fans a look at how a hypothetical Cup Final between both teams would’ve been. Both teams have almost the same exact roster; the only main difference for the Caps being the absence of Barry Trotz.

Another reason I’m excited for this game is this crazy fact: this will be the first time in NHL history that the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals have played a game without Barry Trotz involved. Twenty-one years the Predators have been in the league, and we’re just now getting to see a Preds/Caps matchup sans Trotzy.