The Nashville Predators compete in the Central Division of the NHL’s Western Conference. An expansion team founded before the 1998-1999 season, the Predators have enjoyed tremendous success, highlighted by their trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in the 2016-2017 season. Known as “Smashville”, the Predators home ice is located at Bridgestone Arena. In 2005-2006, Paul Kariya joined Nashville and immediately led the team in points with 85. The Predators past the 100-point mark for their first time and finished in second place in the west with 49 wins. The next year, Peter Forsberg joined the Preds and helped them to another second-place finish. The team scored 110 points and notched 51 wins in the regular season.
The 2010-2011 season saw Pekka Rinne take over as the Nashville Predators goalkeeper. Led by original Predator David Legwand, they eliminated the Anaheim Ducks in the playoffs and moved on to the second round for the first time ever. With Pekka Rinne minding the net and 50-point seasons from Martin Erat, David Legwand, and Mike Fisher, the 2011-2012 Predators won 48 games. Facing the Detroit Red Wings, Rinne continually stopped shot after shot and Nashville would win the series in Game 5 in front of a jubilant home crowd. In 2014-2015, Seth Jones joined the team and, along with Vezina Trophy-finalist Rinne, led the team to 41 wins and another playoff berth. Nashville pushed the Chicago Blackhawks to six games before falling to the eventual Stanley Cup champ. The Preds reached the playoffs again the following year, thanks to Filip Forsberg’s 64 points and 33 goals, and faced the favored Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks had a 3-2 game lead, but Nashville took a dramatic Game 6 with Shea Weber hitting the game-winner. Rinne shut the door on Anaheim in a 2-1 Game 7 win. 2016-2017 would be a banner year for the Nashville Predators and it began with a trade that brought in star defenseman P.K. Subban. As the second wild card, the Preds had to face the Chicago Blackhawks, the top seed in the west. Pekka Rinne set the stage by shutting out Chicago in the first two games and Nashville swept the Blackhawks in four games. The Predators defeated the St. Louis Blues in six games in round two and reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time ever. Playing the Anaheim Ducks, the teams split the first four games, but Nashville’s leading scorer Ryan Johansen was hurt and would sit for the rest of the postseason. The resilient Predators took Games 5 and, with Colton Sissons having a hat trick, won Game 6 to claim the Western Conference title and a chance to play for Lord Stanley’s Cup. The Pittsburgh Penguins were back in the finals as defending champs and won the first two games. The Predators then won Games 3 and 4 in front of their home “Smashville” crowd. The next two games were won by the Penguins, who captured the Stanley Cup again in front of a humbled, but proud, Nashville team. The 2017-2018 built on the previous year’s success by winning their first President’s Trophy and the division title. The Nashville Predators have found an enormous amount of success despite being such a new franchise and fans have a tremendous selection of authentic, signed collectibles to add to their own collection.
Despite only joining the NHL in 1998, the Nashville Predators have already become one of the league’s top franchises and fans from “Smashville” and beyond have put a high demand on authentic Preds merchandise. Any Nashville fan will love memorabilia from the team’s 1998-1999 expansion year, like autographed Paul Legwand pucks. There is no better way to commemorate the Predator’s amazing run to the 2016-2017 Stanley Cup Finals than with signed collectibles from stars like Pekka Rinne and Ryan Johansen. No matter what Nashville Predators memorabilia you choose for yourself, or as a gift, you are certain to get collectibles that will only rise in value.
Collecting The Nashville Predators Memorabilia