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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

At famed Jack’s Barb-B-Que on Broadway, where grub is served cafeteria-style, a worker in the food assembly line is focused on her job until she sees the patron at the front of her line is rocking a gold Nashville Predators’ shirt.

“Go Preds,” she says, nodding before pushing across his tray of smoked chicken and potato salad.

Just blocks from the team’s Bridgestone Arena, the new tallest building in the city is under construction and workers have a hung a Predators flag at its highest point.

And at the Fifth Third Bank, a Predators’ corporate sponsor, “Every branch looks like a high school gym at homecoming now,” Predators CEO and President Sean Henry said. “Blue and Gold everywhere. The drive-in windows are all soaped up with real engagements: ‘Sign up for a checking account and get a team jersey.’”

With the Predators in the Western Conference final for the first time and only two wins from reaching the Stanley Cup Final, Predators fever is an epidemic in the city.

“There was a time where it wasn’t a foolish thing to say, ‘I don’t pay attention to hockey,’” said Willy Daunic, the Predators’ television broadcaster and talk show host at 102.5 The Game. “If you put that out there today, you don’t sound like you are with it. You are not ‘cool’ if you say that.”

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Red Winger's avatar

The feel-good story of the 2017 playoffs. The Preds are the only reason I’m still watching the NHL in mid-May.

We are the first ones to get on the NHL when the negative stories flood out of places like Phoenix and Florida, so it’s only right to give credit where credit is due. The NHL got this one right.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/18/17 at 07:07 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Preds and Sens ... NO PENGUINS NO DUCKS

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/18/17 at 08:23 PM ET

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“There was a time where it wasn’t a foolish thing to say, ‘I don’t pay attention to hockey,’” said Willy Daunic, the Predators’ television broadcaster and talk show host at 102.5 The Game. “If you put that out there today, you don’t sound like you are with it. You are not ‘cool’ if you say that.”

This is not a good thing.

This means when the winning stops, the fanbase is dead again.  Because the Preds won’t be “cool” for very long.  The sport needs to be “cool”, not the team or the winning.

Posted by Primis on 05/18/17 at 08:27 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Preds and Sens ... NO PENGUINS NO DUCKS

I’m hoping for that to happen. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 05/18/17 at 08:48 PM ET

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Feels odd cheering for the Preds given their history with DET but I’ve mostly hoped they did well because Montreal made that horribly stupid Weber-Subban trade

Posted by neffernin on 05/18/17 at 08:59 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Not looking good. Nashville down 2-0 in the third period. sick

Posted by bigfrog on 05/18/17 at 10:28 PM ET

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