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Predators and Lighting embrace Nashville with a cowboy outfit for Stadium Series

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There’s no other place like Nashville when it comes to exploring the music scene. Nashville, dubbed the “Music City,” is home to some of the biggest country music singers in the world.

When you combine that with the Predators setting up their first outdoor game against defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning in Saturday’s NHL Stadium Series, moments like Tampa Bay winger Patrick Maroon hopping like a cowboy and the entire Lightning team embracing the cowboy spirit at home for country music is priceless.

Nashville, playing its second outdoor game, enters Saturday’s Stadium Series on a two-game winning streak that includes a thrilling win over the Stars on Thursday the same night Pekka Rinne’s jersey was retired.

The Predators participated in the 2020 Winter Classic in Dallas. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, will have its first outdoor game.

“We never had that experience and everything,” Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos told The Associated Press. “It’s been a long time coming and probably should have been sooner, but it’s a big event. As a player you watch them all the time.

But if you thought the Predators would be outdone in their city when it came to pre-game attire, think again.

Several team members walked into Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, with many various forms of black cowboy-style jackets, jeans and black or blue cowboy boots under their encouragement from fans.

Beyond on-ice fun, country music stars Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley will perform during the game’s first intermission as two of 15 singers performing at various festivals on Saturday.

Saturday marks the first game between the two teams this season. Tampa Bay is currently in second place in the Atlantic Division and has won seven of its last 10 games, including a three-game winning streak heading into the Outdoor Classic.

Nashville currently sits in the No. 1 wildcard spot in the West and will look to earn a quality win in its hunt for a playoff opportunity.

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