The Nashville Predators made history in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in the history of the franchise. Though they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Finals, there was one aspect that they blew away every other franchise on – their mystery anthem singers. Whether you rooted for the Predators during their quest for The Cup or not, they have indubitably flaunted the most star-studded roster of National Anthem singers in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Let’s take a look back at the lineup.
ROUND 1 vs. Chicago Blackhawks:
It only took four games for the Predators to sweep the Blackhawks in the first round. The two anthem singers? None other than Mrs. Mike Fisher, aka Carrie Underwood, and Luke Bryan.
ROUND 2 vs. St. Louis Blues:
The St. Louis Blues put up a fight through six games, but the Predators conquered and were able to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in history. The anthem singers for this round were Little Big Town, Vince Gill (accompanied by his daughters) and Lady Antebellum.
ROUND 3 vs. Anaheim Ducks:
Again, the raging hot Predators only needed six games to earn the title of Western Conference Champions for the first time in history. The anthem singers during this series were Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, and Trisha Yearwood.
ROUND 4 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins:
Sadly, the Predators were eliminated by the Penguins in Smashville during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. However, their heart for the game and hunger to hoist Lord Stanley, driven by a fervid new group of fans, the future is bright for the Nashville Predators. The final artists to perform the “Star Spangled Banner” were longtime Preds fan Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, and Faith Hill.
BONUS: CMT created a chill-worthy mashup of our National Anthem featuring the performing artists preceding June 3. This is a must watch.
— CMT (@CMT) June 3, 2017
The mystery anthem singers during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs may have caused a bit of a controversy (and bruised ego) by their typical anthem singer, Dennis K. Morgan (whose upset might keep him from continuing as the Predators’ anthem singer for the 2017-18 season) but it added an element of excitement that is unmatched in the NHL. All drama aside, hats off to the Nashville Predators club for their ability to present such a stellar lineup week after week, all while keeping the artists a secret until they stepped on the ice. We look forward to hopefully seeing more of this spectacle in the future of Music City hockey!
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