After years of patient building, often awash in frustrating disappointment, the Naashville Predators have taken that next step and can be taken seriously as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. After playing and winning the first Game 7 of a playoff season in franchise history during the 2015-16 NHL season, the Predators won the Western Conference title in 2016-17 and played in the Cup final series against Pittsburgh.
A team that has been steadily built from within, the Predators have always put the emphasis on assembling a team from the goal and defense out.
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Nashville is a franchise that has built its reputation on defense, but in recent seasons 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.
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 they will keep it tight. Nashville rarely gets blown out.
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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.
Firequently, the Predators have garnered at least 100 points in a NHL 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.
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You certainly wouldn't have considered Nashville to be a hockey market when the Predators first joined the NHL as an expansion franchise is 1998 but today, it is one of the most vibrant markets in the NHL. Predators are a hot commodity, as is specualting on which country and western star will show up to perform the National Anthem, which would make for a sensational prop wager during Predators playoff games.
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.
Carrie Underwood, whose husband Mike Fisher captained the Predators, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are among the regulars at games. 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.