The first round of the 2018 National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoffs is about midway through with 14 teams still vying for the Stanley Cup championship. One of the most interesting parts of any playoff game is the anthem singer, who generates a significant amount of energy prior to every game.
The following is a list of notable anthem singers who have performed in the 2018 National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoffs:
1) Rascal Flatts--This country pop group sang before game one of the Western Conference first-round playoff series between the Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche on April 12. Known for "Bless the Broken Road" which was number one among U.S. country singles in 2005 for five weeks, Rascal Flatts gave the hometown Predators energy as they came away with a 5-2 win at the Bridgestone Arena to take a 1-0 series lead. To see Rascal Flatts perform the Star Spangled Banner, please click here.
2) Brad Paisley--This three-time Grammy Award winner sang before game two of the Western Conference first-round playoff series between the Predators and Avalanche at the Bridgestone Arena on April 14. Paisley's three Grammy Awards came for the songs "Throttleneck", "Cluster Pluck", and "Letter to Me." Like Rascal Flatts, Paisley gave the Predators energy, as Nashville came away with a 5-4 win to take a 2-0 lead in their best out of seven series. To see Paisley perform the Star Spangled Banner, please click here.
3) Maren Morris--The 2017 Grammy Award winner for Best Country Solo Performance, Morris sang before game five of the Western Conference first-round playoff series between the Predators and Avalanche at the Bridgestone Arena on April 20. Morris is best known for her song "My Church". The Predators lost 2-1 to the Avalanche as Colorado forced a sixth game in the best out of seven series. Nashville still leads 3-2. To see Morris perform the Star Spangled Banner, please click here.
4) Dierks Bentley and Del McCoury--Bentley and McCoury sang a duet of the Star Spangled Banner prior to game one of the Western Conference second-round playoff series between the Predators and the Winnipeg Jets at the Bridgestone Arena on April 27. Bentley is known for "Drunk on a Plane" which won the 2014 Country Music Association Award for video of the year and McCoury is known for "The Company We Keep" which won the best Bluegrass Album in 2006. To see Bentley and McCoury perform, please click here.
5) Carrie Underwood--This country music star has a strong hockey connection. That is because her husband is Predators forward Mike Fisher. In the past, Underwood has been no stranger to professional sports as she has been the veteran Sunday Night Football theme song singer for NBC. Underwood performed prior to game two of the Western Conference second-round series between the Predators and Jets, a game Nashville won 5-4 in double overtime on April 29. To see Underwood perform at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, please click here.
6) Sheryl Crow--This music superstar sang the Star Spangled Banner prior to game seven of the second round playoff series between the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on May 10. Crow has a sports connection as she dated 1993 world cycling champion Lance Armstrong from 2003 to 2006. A nine-time Grammy winner, Crow is best known for "All I Wanna Do". Crow will also be the last musician to sing at the Bridgestone Arena during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Jets eliminated the Predators with a 5-1 game seven win. To see Crow perform, please click here.
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