James Neal signs autographs for fans on the Gold Carpet. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
It's a big night for the Nashville Predators as they open up their season at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Ever since May 12, when the San Jose Sharks knocked off the Predators in Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs, the Predators management has worked to figure out how this franchise can take the next step.
It started with a massive off-season trade, bringing in P.K. Subban from Montreal in exchange for their captain, Shea Weber.
The new captain is veteran Mike Fisher, who has been a leader in the lockerroom for years.
"We wanna right from the get-go show everyone what kind of a team we have and play the way we wanna play," Fisher said.
The team returns two 30-goal scorers and maybe the best defense in the NHL.
The Preds are a trendy pick among the hockey pundits to make a Stanley Cup run.
"I've sent up the caution flag a couple of times. Things aren't just gonna happen for us because people think we're a good team. We've gotta go out and work hard every day," said head coach Peter Laviolette.
And it wouldn't be a season opener without the team making their entrances on the Gold Carpet. Fans showed up to cheer the Preds on as they made their way inside Bridgestone Arena.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.