The Nashville Predators have been skating in the NHL for 14 seasons. In those 14 season they have made the NHL Playoffs seven times. All seven trip to the Playoffs have come in the last nine years.
1. History: Nashville has been in the mix each of the last 9 seasons, while they haven’t made a deep Playoff run Nashville has the experience needed to keep the pressure on the top teams.
2. Goaltending: As long as Pekka Rinne can stay true to form, and keep on point he will be able to steal some games for Nashville, allowing them to push on the offensive side of the game. Over the past three seasons Rinne has not had a GPA of over 2.43, and his SV% has not been below .910. Both of those numbers are from the lockout shorted 2012-2013 season. Pekka’s career numbers are GAA 2.36, and SV% .920
3. Realignment: Starting this coming season the Nashville Predators have a serious look at a top to spot in the newly formed Central Division .
There is always the chance that Nashville will far short, but I don’t think it will be next year. There is too much to prove. It has been made clear by the Predators front office that last season was not acceptable.