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Clinched!

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After two years missing the playoffs, who would have thought the Nashville Predators would be the second NHL team to clinch a spot in the 2015 playoffs?!  The Preds organization invited Smashville to greet the team that the airport, and the fans showed up in force to line the road outside the entrance and give the team some love.

The Ducks may have clinched today, too….but we’re SO much prettier.  🙂

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Way to go, guys – you deserve it!  Just don’t forget to beat those Flames tomorrow night.

We’ve got our playoff tickets, do you??  GO PREDS!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Move Over, Carter Hutton!

Christina Shea
Just over a year ago, we had this crazy idea to start a blog to talk hockey with other girls. Little did we know it would lead us to build friendships with people all over the country; in particular, one badass Preds fan from L.A. named Christina. This girl, y’all. She is tough, brave, sweet, humble, and will bake you the best cake you’ve ever had in your life….just all-around amazing. When we found out that her bucket list included learning how to play goalie, we knew we had to pull some strings to get her some time on the ice.
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About that bucket list.  Some people receive a terrifying diagnosis and it prevents them from living at all, but Christina used her diagnosis as motivation to visit friends old and new, see new places, and try things that most of us would never be brave enough to even attempt.  Her bucket list has taken her to Europe where she saw old friends, to Canada where she rode a bus cross-country to follow the Predators, and to Nashville where she saw some hockey and got to try out the ice at the Ford Ice Center (FIC).  She also got to have her dream wedding – complete with hockey-themed engagement photos!

Our friend, Craig MacDonald, Hockey Director at the Ford Ice Center (remember that time?) volunteered to give her a taste of the goalie life, which meant she got to spend some time in-goal for the first time ever.  Even though she was a little shaky on her skates, off she went to run through skating drills and field some pucks.
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Oh, and did we mention that she has her own goalie mask? She entered the “Design Pekka’s Mask” contest sponsored by the Nashville Predators. Though her design wasn’t chosen, her husband and a couple other amazing people had her design turned into the real deal, which she wore for her lesson.

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First time on the ice and you make a save double stack style a-la Dominik Hasek?? Told ya she’s awesome.

Really ya’ll – you’ve got to meet this girl.

Check out Christina’s blog here: https://hockeytonk.wordpress.com

 

 *Thanks to Mary Davis for sharing her video.  We were way too excited to focus on filming!

 

Huge shout out to Craig MacDonald and the Ford Ice Center for helping Christina check one more item off her bucket list! If you’re interested in hockey or figure skating, check out www.fordicecenter.com for scheduling and information.

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All We Want For Christmas

Dear Santa,

We already sent you our Christmas list full of all kinds of glittery trinkets, expensive electronics, and new clothes.  We do realize that the holiday season isn’t all about material trappings, so here are a few more things we’d like to add to our wish list:

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Brandon Prust in a suit.  Whoo boy, nothing like a little man candy, right Santa?

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Gabriel Landeskog’s smile.  Seriously – that and a puppy can cure the evils of the world!  The man should be cast as the next Disney prince.

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Speaking of puppies, we’ll also take Jonathan Bernier’s puppy-dog eyes.

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Nealer’s hair is on the list, of course!  Not to mention his goal scoring ability.

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Chris Higgins’ abs.  Really Santa – we’ve been extra good this year!  Please!

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KING OF KINGS!!!!!!  HALLELUJAH!

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We’d also like Roman Josi’s jawline, eyes, and you know – everything.

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And Patrick Sharp in that coat!  Or celebrating a goal.  Or posing in a suit.  Or just relaxing in nothing but shorts.  Or all of those things.

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Of course, we also want a happy, healthy Pekka!  Can we get a gift card for a Vezina???

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Most of all, Santa, we’d really like to have this silver cup; you know, for parties and stuff.

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Welcome to Nashville, Y’all!

The population of Nashville increased yesterday when David Poile brought some more offensive power to Nashville.  We’re not going to comment on what we think about anyone until we see them at camp, but we will offer up some tips about life in this great city (and a few warnings) for Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy, as well as James Neal, the Laviolette’s, the McCarthy’s, and all of our new friends. 

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Hi James.

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And Derek.

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 And Mike.

 

Life here is slower.  Be sure to leave an extra half hour to do anything.  If Nolensville Road or the grocery store are involved, leave an extra 45 minutes.  It’s too hot to rush anywhere here, and everyone likes to talk.  Slowly.  Talk back!  You’ll inevitably wind up with a new recipe or two.

You need jeans.  And lots of them.  We wear jeans everywhere. 

There is music everywhere you turn – and it isn’t all country.  You’ve got to go visit Third Man Records and check out Jack White’s collection!  Go to Robert’s Western World for Sunday lunch and get your fill of traditional country.  Be sure to see a show at the Ryman, because everything sounds better in the Mother Church.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get a Hatch Show Print!  Get out and sing some karaoke – it’ll remind you that not everyone here is musically talented. 

Speaking of Robert’s, be sure to order the cheeseburger.  It is one of the best in town!  You can also find great burgers at Burger Republic if you’re hungry after practice one day. It’s close to the new Ford Ice Center, and they have been voted the Best Burger in Nashville for a couple years running.

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Or you can get a hot dog at I Dream of Weenie in East Nashville.  (*giggle* – weenie.)

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We do have healthier food options, but they’re a little harder to find.  Don’t be surprised if you order a veggie plate and everything is fried.  We have a ton of international restaurants, so get adventurous and try some of those!  Our favorite is Thai Papaya

Our fanbase may be a little smaller than you’re used to, but we’re passionate and LOUD!  We will love you and you’ll know it.  We won’t bother you when you’re out and about though, so feel free to leave the house. 

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But don’t leave the house in a cowboy hat.  Everyone will think you’re a tourist.

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I Didn’t Know It Could Hurt So Bad

This week’s post is brought to you by a devastated Enforcer who is still trying to deal with the loss of her favorite player.

 

So. I don’t even know where to begin. I knew Nashville was trying to land a top-6 forward. I knew that they would have offer up someone good to seal the deal on a trade. I just wasn’t prepared to lose Patric Hornqvist.

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Yes, getting James Neal from Pittsburgh is a big freaking deal. I’m happy that our scoring chances will dramatically improve with him on the roster.  And, once I stop drowning my sorrow in wine, I’ll be able to be happy for Patric, too. It might take a while, though.

At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, it’s like breaking up with your first boyfriend. You know the one – he was adorable, he was a tough guy but could still make you laugh, and was like…totally on the varsity team.

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Patric’s job night after night, was to stand in front of Shea Weber’s slapshot. On purpose. He constantly chirps the other team, fights for the puck even if he’s on his knees, and regularly gets punched in the face or shoved to the ice. The guy is probably one of the most annoying, yet dynamic players on the ice.

He doesn’t even need a helmet!
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His goal celebrations are glorious.
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And Lord, those blue eye and that smile!
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I once had the great pleasure of talking to Barry Trotz at-length about hockey, and when I said Patric was my favorite player, he simply said, “He’s the best in the business.” So true. I have worn my signed #27 jersey with pride, and (sob) will continue to wear it even though it’s now nostalgic (sniffle).

When he signed my jersey, he asked how big I wanted it, and I nearly fainted before I realized that he was talking about his signature.
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I can’t even begin to imagine how Patric is feeling. Probably a mixture of excitement and sadness at leaving his best buddy, Pekka. Those dudes have a bromance for the ages.
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So, good luck in Pittsburgh, Patric. I’ll miss your offense:

I’ll miss your defense:

And I sure will miss those stretchy pants. 🙂
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Oh Captain, Our Captain!

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As soon as the final whistle blew in the New York Rangers first round playoff series win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Twitter lit up with Flyers fans bemoaning the fact that if they had Shea Weber, they would have won the series, and probably the Cup. They pulled their hair and cried to the heavens asking, “WHY GOD?? WHY DID YOU LET NASHVILLE MATCH THAT OFFER SHEET??”

Who would have thought the Nashville Predators had enough dough to cover the $110 million offer sheet Shea signed with the Flyers? For Nashville, it was a must-do. He is THE Captain. He is the face of the team. And, bless his heart, he gets to stay in Nashville and work harder than any defenseman should ever have to work.

We have been remiss in not posting an entry in tribute to Shea and his awesomeness thus-far. As he has yet again been named a Norris Trophy finalist, we thought it was about damn time we stand tall and proclaim our Shea-love to the world.

I remember the first time I heard the CRACK from the blast of Shea Weber’s slapshot. Whether it bangs against the glass, goes in the net, or through it, when Shea pulls back to unleash the fury, the crowd leans forward on the edge of their seats and braces for shock and awe.

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The raw power behind Shea’s shot is terrifying and exciting all at the same time. His goal celebration his nothing short of beastmode, and on the flipside…we have dimples. Sweet heaven, the dimples.

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Everyone knows that Shea is the foundation of the Predators team. Not only is he the Captain, but the dude averaged almost 27 minutes (!!) of ice time per game in 2013-14. He also registered 23 goals this season; the most of any defenseman. On top of that, he holds the franchise record for Preds defensemen with his 56 points. With Pekka Rinne out for half of the season, Shea was left to bear the burden of defending the goal, which was a big job. Huge. Unfortunately, the Predators record this season wasn’t pretty, but at least he’s getting some recognition as a Norris Finalist.

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He’s so good, he can even score a goal from the third deck! That’s the all-you-can-eat/drink section. Wonder if he had a beer to celebrate?

He played for the Canadian Olympic team in Sochi this year, and brought home yet another gold medal. We got the chance to get up close and personal with his jersey and medal. We’re just sad he wasn’t in it at the time!

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Besides being a badass defenseman, Shea has a caring heart. Together with Pekka Rinne, he started the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, which allows children with cancer and their families to attend games in a suite. *dabs tear* SUCH a sweet guy!

But he obviously has a lighter side, too. Killing it disco style with Joel Ward and Kevin Klein.

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And loves animals (his dog, Dug, for sure).
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And babies.
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And Flyers fans. 🙂
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And the guy can celebrate a goal like nobody’s business.
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But there’s a reason people “Fear the Beard”, because nobody wants to look up and see that thing coming at them down the ice. Good lord, I’d turn and run for the hills.

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Or…um…maybe that whole charging thing would be kind of nice….
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Below, David Poile looks on with pride at the grouping of hotties he has assembled in Nashville. You can take a break for panting and drooling here. God bless their mothers. And whoever made those suits.

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We love ya, Shea. If you weren’t here, we’d probably just pack it in and try to learn to love a different sport. And hey; if you decide to give up hockey, you might have a future in dancing.

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