May 7, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Colin Wilson (33) celebrates with right wing Patric Hornqvist (27), defenseman Roman Josi (59), center David Legwand (11) and defenseman Shea Weber (6) after scoring a goal in the third period in game five of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes beat the Predators 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators : There Is A Way

I wasn’t going to do this until later in the week, but when NHL.com puts something together on the Nashville Predators it has to be done.

30 Teams 30 Days takes a look at the Predators young defenseman, and the struggling offense are big question marls for next season. I think it will take three things for a Nashville Playoff appearance. Offense, Prospects, Goaltending.

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“We have world-class players here like [captain] Shea Weber and [goalie] Pekka Rinne, who are both in the prime of their careers, and the goal is to capitalize and build around them in order to win with them,” Poile said. “It’s my job to identify the right pieces to complement them and give us the best chance to compete for the Stanley Cup. That remains our goal, and returning to the playoffs is step one.”

Offense

  • Nashville only scored 2.27 goals per game in the 2012-2012 season
  • The Predators were 13-6-2 when scoring more than two goals last season.
  • You can’t win if you don’t shoot. Nashville averaged a League-low 25.9 shots per game last season.

 

Prospects: Seth Jones and Filip Forsberg

“Filip had the skill, size and humbleness … and a quiet confidence in him (during his brief stint with Nashville in 2012-13),” Trotz said. “Sometimes other players don’t cheer for the young guy because he may be full of himself, but our players cheered for Fillip Forsberg. They know he will be a contributing factor for a number of years.”

Jones might have some extra motivation after falling a few spots in the draft.”

Goaltending

If Pekka Rinnewants to become one of the NHL’s top goaltenders  he needs to do better than he did last year. The Predators are a mix of young and old talent, but talent will only take you so far.

For the  Nashville Predators to make a playoff run they need Rinne to return to  his two-time Vezina Trophy finalist  form. Rinne who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in May. There is a four-month recover time with this surgery. Nashville’s front office was unaware of the injury last season.

That might explain why Rinne is coming off his lowest save percentage (.910) in five full seasons. Rinne, who ranks sixth in the NHL with 152 wins since 2008-09, has remained in Nashville during his recovery.”

Playoffs here we come. I’m not one to say it’s a lock , but I do believe the Predators have what it take to make the 2014 Playoffs. It will take prospects , scoring and goaltending, but it can be done.

 

 

 

 

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