Nashville Becomes Third Team in Last 28 Years to Win 10 Consecutive Playoff Games at Home
by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator
To do anything in 10 consecutive tries in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is impressive.
So on Tuesday night, when the Nashville Predators won a playoff game at Bridgestone Arena for the 10th consecutive time, there was reason for jubilation – not just because the 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks gave the Preds a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Final – but also the fact that Nashville is on a run of home cooking not seen in the NHL for two decades.
The current streak marks the 15th instance in NHL history of a team winning at least 10 consecutive home playoff games, with Nashville being the 10th team to accomplish the feat since the 1967-68 expansion era.
And in recent memory? It just hasn’t been done. The record books must be scanned back almost 20 years to find the last team that rattled off 10-straight at home in the postseason when the Detroit Red Wings did it from 1997-98. Before that, the Colorado Avalanche went 11-0 from 1996-97. Along with the Wings and Avs, the Preds are one of three clubs to do it in the last 28 years.
It’s also worth mentioning that while the Avalanche and Red Wings were in the midst of their streaks, they both lifted a certain piece of silver.
Specifically in the 2017 postseason, Nashville is 6-0 within the walls of 501 Broadway, including the first conference final game to ever take place in Tennessee. In those six games at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators have been stingy. Nashville has allowed total of seven goals, giving up just one in each of last five at home.
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Combine that with timely scoring and sellout crowds, who don’t know anything other than towel waving and vocal flexing every chance they get, and there’s just something different about a hockey game in Nashville. Those in the Loyal Legion have always known it to be true, and now, finally, it seems as though Music City is getting the recognition it deserves from around the continent.
“I really can’t; it’s tough to put in words,” defenseman Roman Josi said when asked after Game Three to describe the atmosphere at Bridgestone Arena. “You can watch it on TV, but you’ve got to be in here to feel the energy. It’s unbelievable. Our fans, they’re amazing.
“The energy – I haven’t been in a building with that much energy in my life, in my career.”