Preds 2, Jackets 1, Jello Shots 6(?)

I have returned safe and sound and completely worn out from the Jacket Backers trip to Nashville. Jackets lost, which I can’t say was unexpected. It wasn’t the worst game I’ve seen them play this season, but the end result another loss, and a season sweep by the Preddies. Remember when these used to be rivalry games? Oh well, at least we still have Chicago and St. Louis in the division…

I’ve promised to do a full write-up on the trip for the Backers newsletter, so if you really feel you need to read my bon mots about the Nashville trip, well, that’s just one more reason to join the booster club. Suffice it to say that, despite the outcome of the game, it was a fun trip. Nashville is a fantastic place to travel for a hockey game — the arena is right at the end of the Broadway strip in downtown Nashville, which is about six blocks of bars, clubs, and cheesy souvenir shops, so there’s no shortage of fun to be had both pre- and post-game. The GEC Nashville Arena is a really nice looking building with good sightlines and comfy seats. The fans are loud and passionate, and yet just ridiculously nice and friendly, even when you’re sporting enemy colors.

I actually took my real digital camera on this trip instead of just taking pictures with my cell phone. Some of them turned out nicely, although the ones I used the zoom on are a bit blurry and dark. Our seats were in the 200 club-level, which height from the ice-wise is about equivalent to the low-hanging end (Jackets shoot-once end) of the upper bowl in Columbus.

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Looking down Broadway at the GEC Nashville Arena

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Pregame beer sampler went down nice, even after all the jello shots on the bus

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Walking up to the game after dinner

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Well, the sign still says Gaylord Entertainment Center, but it’s the Nashville Arena now

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Jacket Backers representin’ — we heard the banner made it on the FSN broadcast

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Full house in Nashville last night

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Tomas Vokoun makes a save on a bad angle shot

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Jackets pressing, but can’t score

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Offensive zone faceoff

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Jackets on the PP

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