Anthony Bitetto wore this gold jersey while playing for the Nashville Predators during the 2016-17 National Hocky League season. It includes the NHL Centennial patch. Bitetto played 29 games for the Predators in 2016-17, contributing seven assists.
The Nashville Predators wore their Gold Set 2 / Stanley Cup Playoffs jerseys from January 3, 2017 through April 1 2017, in home games throughout their Round 1 series vs. the Chicago Blackhawks, and in home games throughout their Round 2 series vs. the St. Louis Blues.
This jersey has two team repairs on the left shoulder, two team repairs on the left sleeve and a team repair on the right sleeve. Bitetto did not play in any playoff games.
Despite qualifying for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Western Conference's eighth seed, and the 16th seed among 16 playoff teams, the 41-29-12 Predators reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their 18 NHL seasons.
It was Pekka Rinne's brilliance in goal, tenacious defense, and a non-stop skating style that propelled Nashville to the Western Conference championship before losing the Stanley Cup Final to Pittsburgh in six hard-fought games..
Captained by veteran Mike Fisher and a relentless Seventh Man that turned a country music mecca into Smashville, the Predators swept the Chicago Blackhawks in the First Round, and sped past the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks in six games each. In their first three series, the Predators allowed three or fewer goals in all but one game.
Overall, the stellar defense led by P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis allowed just 48 goals in 22 playoff games.
In one season, coach Peter Laviolette's team ascended from a playoff participant to within two games of the franchise's first Stanley Cup.