They're not the friendliest of foes on the ice.
But when torrential rains brought flooding to parts of the St. Louis metro area in recent days, affecting fans of the Blues, the Nashville Predators didn't think twice about lending a hand.
Prior to Game Five between the Preds and Blues at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, the two clubs held a joint press conference to announce that all proceeds raised from the Smash Car on the Bridgestone Arena plaza during Friday's Game Five Plaza Party, as well as the Predators Foundation's online auction during the game, will be donated to assist in the city's flood relief efforts.
Predators President and CEO Sean Henry and Blues President and CEO Chris Zimmerman were on hand to discuss the efforts - with both clubs planning to donate proceeds from various initiatives from tonight's game, and beyond, to the recovery.
"It's so easy to get lost in the series, but every once in a while, life steps in, and that's what's happening right now," Henry said. "We hate each other on the ice, we're adversaries… but off the ice, we really are partners. Business partners, but more importantly, when something affects one of our communities, if we can help we should."
It was only seven years ago when Nashville was faced with the same disaster - flooding that overtook parts of the metro area, necessitating assistance from others. That's when teams from all across the NHL community pitched in to help bring the Music City back to life. Now, it's Nashville's turn.
"It was incredible the outpouring that we received from NHL cities all across the League, and it's our time to pay it forward," Henry said. "The amazing thing about it was our fans reached out immediately and said, 'What are we going to do? How do we help them?' And we knew we needed to do something and lock arms with our partners."
As of noon on Friday, more than $11,000 had already been raised by the Preds Foundation, with hopes to at least double that total. Fans can bid on numerous auction items, including two tickets in the Owner's Suite for Luke Bryan's Saturday night concert and a suite for both a home and away game during the 2017-18 regular season against St. Louis. All proceeds from Friday evening's Blues Smash Car will also be donated to flood relief efforts.
The Foundation's online auction is now live. Text PREDS to 52182 to see all the items and place your bids or visit the Predators App.