NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings battles against Patric Hornqvist #27 of the Nashville Predators during an NHL game at the Bridgestone Arena on December 15, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
I spent a long summer thinking about that playoff series and what could have been. [The Blackhawks] ended up being the Stanley Cup champions, so we know we lost to a very good team. It's tough to know how close we were, and it motivates us for this year.
— Nashville captain Shea Weber in an interview with the Predators website