The Nashville Predators grabbed a 2-0 lead early in the Winter Classic but allowed the next four goals to lose yet another game. Here are our takeaways from another soul-crushing loss.
The Nashville Predators came into the Winter Classic looking to put a dismal December behind them. Much like many people, they were hoping 2020 would give them a fresh start. However, the Predators suffered another loss, this one to the Dallas Stars 4-2.
What can Preds fans take away from such a frustrating loss? Let’s take a look at the top three takeaways we had from the Predators 4-2 loss to the Stars.
3. Southern Hockey Rules
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This takeaway doesn’t have much to do with the game itself. It has more to do with the atmosphere. The atmosphere in Dallas at the Cotton Bown was incredible. It’s easily the most intense, fun, and awesome atmosphere I’ve ever seen at an outdoor game.
The best part of the atmosphere was the passion of the fans. Many Predators fans came down to Dallas and made themselves known. It had a college football kind of atmosphere and I’m all for it. Kudos to Dallas for including so many things that were unapologetically Texan.
Everything was great. There were pig races during breaks and the pigs had hockey names. Pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve seen pigs at a hockey game. It was different, but honestly, it was a lot of fun. Also, the entire crowd singing along with “Friends In Low Places” was terrific. Never thought I’d see the day where Garth Brooks would be perfect at a hockey game, but I’ve been proven wrong.
I really hope the NHL was paying attention. This was the most fun I’ve ever had watching a Winter Classic, and yes, that includes watching my Washington Capitals topping the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015. Hopefully, the NHL gives nontraditional hockey markets more chances. They had so much success doing it with the Vegas Golden Knights. Why not keep doing what’s working?