The Nashville Predators, with plenty of help from their country friends, are bringing some Music City star power to the NHL playoffs.
Singer Vince Gill taunts opposing players. Dierks Bentley will be catching second-round games against the Coyotes in both Phoenix and in Nashville. During games, the likes of Martina McBride and Wynonna join the house band serenading fans in mini-concerts at intermission.
Keith Urban and his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, donned the free T-shirts given out to fans as they cheered the Predators to their first-round series clinching win over Detroit last week. Reba McEntire also was on hand in a luxury suite.
Shoot, Carrie Underwood is married to Nashville's top centre, Mike Fisher.
Just don't mistake this for country music's version of Showtime. They call this Hockeytonking.