ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 23: Nik Antropov #80 of the Atlanta Thrashers carries the puck during the preseason game against the Nashville Predators at Philips Arena on September 23, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/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