What's the best way to get into the holiday spirit? A friendly wager, of course.
During the second week of December, Nashville Predators Captain Roman Josi approached his head coach with a proposition. He'd seen a few other NHL teams wear themed attire to games during the month and he wanted in on the fun.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette said he'd think about it.
Josi offered an on-ice bet: If the Predators claimed five out of six points on their upcoming three-game road trip to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, the Preds would be allowed to wear holiday suits to their final road game before the Christmas Break in Dallas.
After thinking about it, Laviolette agreed. But then it was Josi's turn to ponder.
What if the Preds swept the three-game set? What would the Preds coaching staff be willing to counter with?
Josi wanted holiday attire donned by the Preds staff and coaching team not just for the trip, but behind the bench for the game versus the Stars as well.
So, after thinking about it, Laviolette agreed.
Video: The Preds arrive in Dallas in hilarious holiday suits
And you know how that trip to Western Canada went. A 7-1 win in Vancouver, followed by back-to-back shutouts by two different goaltenders for the second time in franchise history (a 4-0 win over Edmonton and a 2-0 win over Calgary).
Which led to a lot of snowmen, candy canes and Santas on Friday's flight to Dallas.
Then, on Saturday night, prior to their game versus the Stars, the Predators coaching staff unveiled the holiday attire they'd wear behind the bench for that night's game: