UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: John Tavares #91 (R) of the New York Islanders scores at 1:25 of the first period against the Nashville Predators and is joined by Josh Bailey #12 (L) during a preseason game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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