The 2015-16 NHL season was a breathrough year for the Predators in many ways, though it’s likely that the fans of the team are growing weary of these breakthroughs taking the form of baby steps. For the first time in franchise history, the Predators played Game 7 of a playoff series during the 2015-16 postseason, and they won it, defeating the Anaheim Ducks on the road. Bidding to get past the second round of the playoffs for the first time ever, the Predators also went seven games in the second round with the San Jose Sharks but this time they lost.
As much as they seem to be improving, the Predators still appear to be at a crossroads. Can this team step up to the next level?
Nashville is Music City U.S.A. so it’s only natural that there would develop a long-standing connection between the Predators and the city’s many country music stars. Vince Gill is huge Predators fan and he and his wife Amy Grant were part of the committee that helped design Bridgestone Arena.
Barbara Mandrell threw a welcome to Nashville party for the team in its first NHL season in 1998. Ronnie Dunn and Keith Urban and regulars at the Predators games. Lorrie Morgan, Garth Brooks and Martina McBride are other country stars who frequent Predators games and have been involved in helping promote the team.
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Nashville is a franchise that has built its reputation on defense, but under coach Peter Laviolette the team has sought to widen its horizons by playing more aggressively and with pace.
The Predators now look to utilize their team speed to press the issue and to create scoring chances, rather than sitting back and waiting to pounce on counter attack chances via opposition turnovers.
It would aid their cause greatly if they could develop a high-end scorer. Nashville’s single season record for points by a player remains the 85 points posted by Paul Kariya in 2005-06. It’s been eight years since a Predators player topped the 70-point plateau.
Nashville Predators Scores & Schedule
The Nashville Predators scores and schedules are right here and in the difficult NHL Central Division, every game is a struggle.
If you don’t bring your A game to a Central Division showdown, you won’t be taking home any points.
One thing that you can count on almost every night that the Predators play is that Pekka Rinne will be in their goal. He’s played at least 64 games in each of the past two seasons and in the playoffs, has been Nashville’s starting goalie in every one of their last 48 Stanley Cup playoff games.
Nashville Predators Standings Right Now
Here are the current Predators standings. Making up ground and moving up the ladder in the difficult and challenging NHL Central Division has proven to be an ongoing challenge.
Five times since the 2005-06 NHL season the Predators have garnered at least 100 points in a season, but they’ve never managed to finish better than second in the division and never higher than third overall in the NHL’s Western Conference.
|4||Columbus Blue Jackets||108||82||39||24||249||195|
|9||New York Rangers||102||82||40||28||256||220|
|10||St. Louis Blues||99||82||38||29||235||218|
|11||San Jose Sharks||99||82||38||29||221||201|
|14||Toronto Maple Leafs||95||82||33||27||251||242|
|17||New York Islanders||94||82||33||29||241||242|
|18||Tampa Bay Lightning||94||82||32||30||234||227|
|22||Los Angeles Kings||86||82||25||35||201||205|
|25||Detroit Red Wings||79||82||17||36||207||244|
|27||New Jersey Devils||70||82||18||40||183||244|
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In an NHL era where mobile, skilled, puckhandling defensemen who can take the puck and go with it or join in the rush, the Predators are the model franchise when it comes to talented defenders. The top pairing of captain Shea Weber and Roman Josi are absolute dynamite. You can pencil that duo in for a combined 100 points and anywhere from 30-35 goals each season.
The Predators got 57 goals from their rearguard in 2015-16 after the blueline corps combined for 55 goals in 2014-15.
David Poile has served as Nashville’s general manager from Day One and while he’s earned a reputation as someone who patiently builds his base through the NHL entry draft, one of Poile’s rare trades may have set the Predators up with a star for years to come in left-winger Filip Forsberg.
A multi-talented forward acquired from the Washington Capitals while still a prospect in exchange for washed uo forward Martin Erat, Forsberg led the team in scoring in both 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Although he’d yet to top 64 points in a season, Poile made another move to acquire a center to work with Forsberg when he got Ryan Johansen from the Columbus Blue Jackets miday through the 2015-16 season and it will be fascinating to see how the duo works together for a full campaign in 2016-17.