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Photos: Best of the Preds in 2017

Take A Look Back at the Top Shots of 2017

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

If it's true that a picture says 1,000 words, we don't have time to type that essay, and you certainly don't have time to read it.

What we'll do instead is look back on the calendar year of 2017 that was - a magical run to the Stanley Cup Final as the highlight - but plenty of other memorable moments on the bookends.

Indeed, 2017 brought about the best year in Nashville Predators franchise history, and here's hoping 2018 will overtake that feat. So, as we look ahead to what the new year may bring, the one that is coming to close is undoubtedly worth one more look.

And it only took 117 words to set it up.

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Postseason Rewind: Winning the West

Flashback to Sissons Delivering Hat Trick as Preds Win West and Advance to First Cup Final

by Chase Lutz @ChaseLutz /

The Nashville Predators approached their first-ever Western Conference Final appearance fully aware of the challenge and opportunity before them.

In the third postseason meeting with the Anaheim Ducks, the Predators had to continue without forward Kevin Fiala (who suffered a season-ending injury in Game One of Round Two). But the injuries did not stop there for the Predators.

With the series tied at two games apiece, the Predators traveled to Anaheim without Captain Mike Fisher and first-line center Ryan Johansen for Game 5. The Predators had to rely on young talent to take the top-two centers' place and continue the fight for the series; their faith was rewarded. In the third period, rookie Pontus Aberg scored the game-winning-goal to give the Predators a 2-1 lead, followed by an empty-net goal from Austin Watson.

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Postseason Rewind: Singing the Playoff Blues

Relive the Sights and Sounds of Nashville's Six-Game Victory Over St. Louis in Round Two of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After a sweep of Chicago in Round One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Nashville Predators rolled into St. Louis with a quiet confidence - the likes of which hadn't been seen before in club history.

The first-ever postseason meeting between the Blues and Preds in Round Two provided more playoff classics and ultimately resulted in Nashville's first trip to the Western Conference Final.

From rallying behind Kevin Fiala's injury in Game One, to a dramatic, series-clinching victory in Game Six at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators reached new heights as their run continued.

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Postseason Rewind: How Sweep It Is

Relive the Sights and Sounds of Nashville's Sweep Over Chicago in Round One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators knew they were capable of defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in Round One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But a four-game sweep over the Western Conference's top point producer?

Starting with a pair of back-to-back shutouts from Pekka Rinne on the road in Games One and Two, followed by a dramatic comeback capped by Kevin Fiala in Game Three, and finally, a commanding 4-1 victory in Game Four, the Preds broke out the brooms on one of their fiercest rivals.

Perhaps Captain Mike Fisher said it best during the ensuing reflection in the locker room postgame: "We surprised a lot of people, but not ourselves."

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Fan Who Missed Free Stanley Cup Final Tickets Finds Redemption

Andrew Fudge Didn't See Twitter Notification Saying He'd Won Two Tickets to 2017 Stanley Cup Final

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

Andrew Fudge can't say he's not a lucky guy anymore.

In June, he won a contest entered by thousands, after all, so if that doesn't equal lucky, then what does? There was just one problem, Fudge didn't know he'd won.

That's right. Fudge, a Nashville native, entered the Predators Twice Daily Tickets Competition, was selected to receive two free tickets to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, received a congratulatory direct message on Twitter, and yet, he missed the notification.

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Preds Postseason Run Brings Over $50 Million in Economic Impact to City

Predators President, Nashville Mayor Give Thanks for Record Playoff Run

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

A run to the Stanley Cup Final can do wonders for a town, and while the Nashville Predators fell just short of a championship, the city of Nashville still had reason for a standing ovation on Thursday.

Predators President and CEO Sean Henry, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and President of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation Butch Spyridon were on hand at Bridgestone Arena to discuss the economic impact delivered by the deepest postseason run in franchise history - and the numbers were impressive.

Spyridon and his team estimate the overall economic impact from a record 11 home playoff games for the Preds exceeded $50 million, including $8 million for each game of the Stanley Cup Final.

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End of Season Updates: Injuries, Expansion Draft and Contracts

Johansen and Fiala are Expected to be Ready for Training Camp; GM Poile is Preparing for Expansion Draft, Free Agency

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Peter Laviolette addressed the media on Wednesday morning in their annual end-of-season press conference.

Full video of the press conference, in two parts, is available below, but as for the highlights:

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From a Nashville Native: Perspective on Preds Historic Season

Defeat in the Stanley Cup Final is Painful, But Loss of Hypothetical Future Can't Change Wonderful Past

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

A loss like last night's takes so much away in a moment.

The Nashville Predators will not be Stanley Cup Champions in 2017. There I said it.

I'm making myself write this the day after the Preds fell in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins in part to help myself cope. I keep thinking back to two things Filip Forsberg and Pekka Rinne said last night that probably encapsulated how many of us felt in the moments after we watched the Penguins throw their gloves aloft and converge on goaltender Matt Murray - in our home rink of all places.

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Disappointment, Pride for Preds as Postseason Run Concludes

Nashville Falls in Game Six of Stanley Cup Final as Season Comes to End

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

What a run it was - it just wasn't supposed to end like this.

A 2-0 win by the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Nashville Predators in Game Six concluded the 2017 Stanley Cup Final with the Penguins winning consecutive titles. A 2-0 score was the final in the last game of the postseason.

As the handshake line concluded and the Predators were serenaded with a 'Thank You, Predators' chant by their home crowd, the club retired to their locker room for the final time in 2016-17 to try to process and reflect on how it concluded.

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Game Six Infographic: Preds 0, Penguins 2

Predators Season Ends in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final as Penguins Win Back-to-Back Championships

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Pekka Rinne makes 27 saves and Predators have a goal disallowed as they fall 2-0 in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final. 

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