DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 27: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings makes a blocker save during a NHL pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena on September 27, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Tom Turrill/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