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Preds Set for Banner Night as Home Opener Arrives

Organizations Sees Banners as Reminders of Where They've Been, Where They're Going

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

For the second consecutive season, the pregame festivities at the Predators' home opener will have an extra item on the agenda.

One year after raising their first banner to the Bridgestone Arena rafters - to commemorate their Western Conference championship - the club will add three more on Tuesday night before they take on the Calgary Flames.

The fresh signage will celebrate the team's first Central Division and regular-season Western Conference titles, as well as their first Presidents' Trophy win for possessing the League's best record, a franchise mark with 117 points in 2017-18.

It's a well-earned reminder of what the team has accomplished over the past two campaigns, but the banners also serve as an indicator of one that still isn't up there - the same one everyone wants the most.

"Last year, we did a lot of good things, and with that came some real positives," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "We said it all along, that we were moving and trying to get to a point where we get to the end that we're looking for. We haven't gotten there yet, but there's been some good things and some things we can do better. Tomorrow, they'll recognize a couple of the good things, so that's a positive for this group. But, once that's over, we've got to drop the puck and go back to work."

That work continues with the Flames on town on Tuesday as the Preds try to go 3-0-0 for the first time since the start of the 2015-16 season.

But, no matter the result, all they have to do is look up for a bit motivation, of where they've been and where they still want to go.

"The goal is to win the Stanley Cup, and we're going to continue to work toward achieving that," center Ryan Johansen said. "But, it's definitely something that, as a community and an organization and a city, we should be proud of. We've worked for a long time [to raise those banners]… It's a big accomplishment, and it is something we should all be proud of."

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