NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 26: Forward J.P.Dumont of the Nashville Predators skates through the defense of forward Jussi Jokinen #36 of the Carolina Hurricanes and scores a goal against Hurricanes goalie Michael Leighton #49 during a pre-season NHL game at the Sommet Center on September 26, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/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