By Sarah Langs
The Nashville Predators will be coming out swinging for home games in this first round series against the Blackhawks. Regardless of what they’ll do inside the arena, there will be attempts to crush the Blackhawks outside Bridgestone Arena.
With a sledgehammer.
Don’t worry, none of this violence will be directed towards Blackhawks players. It won’t cause any player injuries. Instead, to raise money for the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, a Blackhawks-painted car will be waiting outside to be destroyed by Predators fans who donate a fee.
The fundraiser, called Smash Car, isn’t just the Predators ganging up on the Hawks. Nashville has done this before, including in 2012 against the Red Wings — something Hawks fans might have been on board with back then.
Other hockey teams have embraced the fundraiser concept as well. This postseason, the New York Islanders will have a Washington Capitals-themed car outside Nassau Coliseum for the same, charity and morale-raising purpose.
The Blackhawks haven’t announced any corresponding promotions, so it appears they’re primed to let their actions on the ice -- as opposed to their fans’ smashing strength -- speak for themselves.
The Blackhawks and Predators begin their series on the ice at 7:30PM on CSN.
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) April 15, 2015