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Predlines Headlines: Central Division Will Get Tougher


This season, the Nashville Predators watched five of the six other teams in the Central Division qualify for the playoffs.

Only three points away from making the postseason themselves this year, Nashville will be striving to improve on this season’s point totals and slip into the big dance next campaign. But even if the Predators improve on their 2013-2014 record, it’s likely that the other teams in the Central will do the very same.

The Winnipeg Jets were the other Central Division club to join the Predators in not making the playoffs, and they didn’t miss by much either. The Jets were just four points behind Nashville and seven of the Wild Card.

Just how likely are the Predators divisional opponents to improve next season?

Charley Walters at Twincities.com says Montreal Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek will likely sign with the Minnesota Wild this offseason.

Well there’s one Central squad that will probably be even better next year. I don’t think the Central gets more than five teams into the playoffs in 2015, so that means the Predators would need to take either the Wild or the Dallas Stars spots. And if Vanek indeed heads to Minnesota, well let’s just say the Stars should be the main target.

Compared to the previous season, the Predators improved their record and they also boosted their attendance statistics.

Dirk Hoag of OnTheForecheck comments on the increased paid attendance for Nashville.

The Predators still have a large number of “casual” fans that like to show up down the stretch or only if the team is performing well. So to see paid attendance go up in another non-playoff year is encouraging. 

The Milwaukee Admirals (the Predators minor league affiliate) find themselves down 0-2 in their (best-of-five) playoff series with the Toronto Marlies.

Daniel Lavender of Admirals Roundtable explains what needs to change if the Admirals are going to avoid elimination on Thursday.

Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok have four points in the Admirals two playoffs games, but Milwaukee really needs more from the young Swedish forwards. 

 

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