As one of the newer NHL franchises, the Nashville Predators entered the league in 1998 as an expansion team. The organization went through the normal struggles for new franchises as they missed the postseason in the first five seasons. The Predators then went on a stretch of reaching the playoffs in 7 of the last 9 years. Nashville is still in search of their first division title along with their first conference championship and Stanley Cup title. The closest the organization came to a conference championship occurred in back-to-back seasons when they lost in the conference semifinals during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons. The Predators have been led by center David Legwand. Legwand has played his entire career with Nashville and he currently leads the organization in points, goals, and assists. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Nashville Predators hockey tickets.
2015 Predators Season Preview
The Nashville Predators found themselves in a transition year in 2013. The team was coming off of their first season missing the playoffs since 2009 and were hampered by nagging injuries all season. The Predators ended up missing the playoffs for a 2nd consecutive season.
Enter 2014 and the Nashville Predators have new leadership and hope that the injuries that have plagued them for the past 2 seasons are finally behind them. Peter Laviolette takes over for Barry Trotz as the Predators head coach and will bring a fresh look on what has been a solid core of Predators players. Elite goaltender Pekka Rinne returns from a hip injury that kept him out much of last season and if he stays healthy, will have a major impact on Nashville’s 2014 chances. Captain Shea Weber will have added help from newcomer James Neal, who has the potential to be the top points scorer for the Predators. NHL’s Central Division is packed with possible playoff and Stanley Cup contenders, look for the Predators to be in the top half of the division and once again be in the thick of the playoff race late in the 2014-15 NHL season.
Check out our Nashville Predators Season Preview History page for previews of previous Predators seasons.
Nashville Predators Hockey at Bridgestone Arena Address: 501 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203
The Predators play all their home games at Bridgestone Arena, located in Nashville, Tennessee. When filled to capacity, “The Stone” holds over 17,000 screaming fans. Bridgestone Arena also hosts numerous sporting events including figure skating, bull riding, and basketball games along with many entertainment acts throughout the year. The Nashville Predators home bench is on the Bridgestone Arena rink side in front of section 116. Bridgestone Arena parking information is covered in our Predators event guide.
Predators vs. Red Wings
It seems like it isn’t hard for most teams to despise the Red Wings, and in this instance it came pretty naturally for the Predators. The Predators first ever postseason opponents was the Red Wings in 2004 and they faced off again in the postseason in 2008.
Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup, Western Conference Championship, and NHL Playoffs
The Predators have visited the postseason seven times since their first year of existence in the 1998-1999 season. The first year Nashville made the playoffs was 2004 and then second in 2007, and while they couldn’t seem to get past the Sharks in the first few postseason tries, they finally broke through with a win over Anaheim in 2011.
Nashville Predators Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to a Predators game?
Doors open 1-hour before the puck drops at Bridgestone Arena.
Where are good places to eat before a Predators game?
Nashville is known for having unbelievable southern food. Of the many great places Arnold Country Kitchen and Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant are both close and worth checking out. For great barbeque try Jack’s Bar-B-Que or Rippy’s. If you are looking for something quick and easy near Bridgstone Arena, visit Riff’s Fine Street Food, or The Grilled Cheeserie. They are two of the best food trucks you will find. No Nashville food guide is complete without some places to see live music. Robert’s Western World, and Listening Room Café are both within a mile of the arena and won’t disappoint. Other great places are El Rey, The Southern Steak & Oyster, and Etch.
Where is the best place to park at Bridgestone Arena?
Parking at Bridgestone Arena is limited and we recommend getting to the area early or purchasing a parking pass. The most convenient parking option in the area is the garage on the southwest corner of Bridgestone Arena. Right across the street is another large parking garage that is also great place to look. The next closest parking option is a few blocks to the east of the arena at 3rd Avenue South and Demonbreun St. at the Pinnacle Garage. Another good option is at Cumberland Park just on the other side of Cumberland River.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Predators game?
Children under 2 years old do not require a ticket to a Predators game and must sit on a parents lap for the duration of the game. It is best practice to bring proof of your child’s age with you to avoid any last second issues at the gate.