DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 31: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings and teammate Ian White #18 stretch during warm-ups before an NHL game against the St Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena on December 31, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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