2004 – Predators vs. Red Wings
The first taste of the NHL playoffs for the Nashville Predators, and it starts off our countdown of the top-five playoff series in Predators history.
The year was 2004. Facebook launched for college students only, Outkast sang “Hey Ya,” and the Nashville Predators made it into the NHL playoffs for the first time.
They finally got over-the-hump and Predators fans got to experience playoff hockey on a whole new level.
The Predators were the No.8 seed and had to face the Detroit Red Wings in the first round. The Red Wings took the first two games, but the Predators battled back and took the next two games at home.
The Predators were massive underdogs in this series as the Red Wings were still one of the top teams in the league.
Unfortunately, the Red Wings went on to win the series, but the Predators were finally able to dip their toes into the playoff waters. Beginning with the 2003-2004 season, the Predators would be in the playoffs more often than not.
Adam Hall scored the very first playoff goal for the Predators just 16 seconds into the 1st period of Game 1.
David Legwand scored the 1st playoff goal at home for the Predators in Game 3.
Tomas Vokoun netted the Predators their first playoff shutout with a 3-0 win in Game 4.