Road sweet road – Ducks hope veterans will respond – Orange County Register

Floods and ice storms notwithstanding, there is never a bad time to go to Nashville.

The fact that the city’s hospitality has extended itself so spectacularly to hockey is just another reason.

Bridgestone Arena sits downtown, within a slap shot of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

It is hopping with concert and convention action all year long, but it is really the home of the Predators, one of the city’s two major league teams and the one that exudes stability, daring and consistency.

They seemed to mortgage their future when they traded for Filip Forsberg, and then they traded homegrown defensemen Shea Weber and Seth Jones for P.K. Subban and Ryan Johansen, respectively.

The fans went along. They dress in yellow T-shirts and jerseys, they sing and they chant  (sometimes with the same language that cost Ryan Getzlaf $10,000) and now they’re within a win of a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

If that happens the rest of the world will…

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