During the Nashville Predators 2017 playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Preds brought out some of country music’s biggest starts to sing the national anthem on their home ice, including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley and Faith Hill.
For the Preds 2018 playoff run, which began on April 12 against the Colorado Avalanche, Rascal Flatts had the honor of singing the national anthem before Game 1, while Brad Paisley and Maren Morris handled the duties before Game 2 on April 14 and Game 5 on April 20, respectively.
Before Game 1 of the Preds second round playoff series versus the Winnipeg Jets on April 27, Dierks Bentley and bluegrass great Del McCoury teamed up to perform the anthem. The Preds unleashed “proud hockey wife” Carrie Underwood—spouse of Preds center Mike Fisher—to perform the anthem before Game 2 against the Jets on April 29. Before Game 5 vs. the Jets on May 5, Lady Antebellum performed the anthem, and while Charles Kelley had a little trouble remembering the words, Hillary Scott managed to bring it home with Dave Haywood’s help.
Before Game 7 on May 10, Sheryl Crow belted out the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Watch Sheryl’s performance below.
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