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The Nashville Predators are a professional North American ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team plays in the Central division of the NHL’s Western Conference. The Predators were founded in 1998 as an expansion franchise in the NHL. It took the team five seasons to make their first playoff appearance, and they did not win their first division title until the 2017-2018 season (they also won in the 2018-2019 season). The team made their only Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2017 but lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Predators play their home games at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. It is considered to be one of the loudest arenas in the NHL and provides a great home-ice advantage for the team. As a relatively new franchise, the Predators have yet to have any NHL Hall of Famers play for their team, and the only number that they have retired is the league mandated number 99 for Wayne Gretzky.