The Nashville Predators are looking to build on the momentum of last night's 3-2 victory over Detroit in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals by declaring Friday a "Preds Pride Day" in Music City. Wear your jerseys, t-shirt, hats, and other gear to work or school, as the intensity and excitement of the Stanley Cup playoffs is only just getting started. The following press release was passed along from the team:
After an electrifying Game One win over the Detroit Red Wings last night, fan support is at a premium for tomorrow night's highly anticipated sold out Game Two. In preparation for tomorrow night's contest, the team is once again calling on all residents of Smashville to show their support by donning their favorite Predswear tomorrow for Preds Pride Day.
Jerseys, hats, t-shirts, face paint, playoff beards and Pekka-ing are all acceptable forms of showing your spirit for Preds Pride Day. Nothing is off limits in Smashville.
Additionally, the Predators are offering a hard-to-beat deal for all fans to help the arena "Go Gold" and "Get the Red Out." Through the first round of the playoffs, any fan - and especially Detroit Red Wings fans that want to Go Gold - can come into the Nashville Predators Pro Shop and save 20 percent on a new Preds jersey (we recommend the Gold ones!). Better yet, any Red Wings fan that is truly ready to convert, and will turn in their Wings jersey, can save 50 percent on a new Predators Gold jersey. All Wings jerseys that are collected will be cleaned and sent back to a Detroit area youth charity.
"The crowd at last night's victory was one of the best I've seen in all of professional sports," Executive Vice President Chris Parker said. "They were loud, proud and 100 percent behind their Nashville Predators, helping give the team the boost they needed to win. Now we want to see those same fans showing their Preds Pride everywhere tomorrow - whether at work, at home or at the game. So Go Gold and keep the Red Out! "
Game Two will broadcast from Bridgestone Arena on 102.5 FM The Game and SportSouth (Comcast 1676 HD, 26 SD) tomorrow at a special start time of 6:30 p.m. The playoff plaza party will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on the Bridgestone Arena plaza with live music, games, the smash car and much more. Though tomorrow's game is sold out, the team will likely release approximately 100 tickets tomorrow afternoon.
On a somewhat related note, 104.5 The Zone's Brent Dougherty passed along news regarding the local TV ratings for last night's game:
Check that: #Preds hit a 4.7 rating in #Nashville Wed. Per Mark Binda from @NC5 that's 3rd highest @PredsNHL playoff # since at least '07.— Brent Dougherty (@brentdougherty) April 12, 2012
It will be interesting to see how those numbers trend as this series continues, especially for the road games as we'll all be watching on TV.