The Nashville Predators got some love from across the pond before their first Stanley Cup Final game.
Vincent Kompany, the captain and a center-back for the Manchester City Football Club in England, recorded a good-luck message to the Predators hours before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports).
"Good luck to the Nashville Predators on the way to the Stanley Cup Final," Kompany said. "Smash it."
Kompany and Manchester City will be touring the United States this summer as part of the International Champions Cup and will play English Premier League-rival Tottenham Hotspur at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on July 29, which might explain their support for the Predators. But having the backing of Kompany, who has led Manchester City to two Premier League championships and also captains the Belgium national team, certainly can't hurt the Predators.