Nashville Predators: Five Takeaways From the Preseason

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Nashville Predators head coach

Peter Laviolette

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It’s time to put the Nashville Predators preseason to bed and turn our attention to the regular season which starts in just a few days.  Sometimes it’s better to look behind you before you look ahead.  What did we learn about the Predators in the preseason?

The Predators started off the preseason with three wins and an overtime loss in their first four games.  They never gave up more than two goals in regulation and things were really looking good.  At that point they made a couple of surprising cuts including Kevin Fiala and Steve Moses and got down to the team that will pretty much start the season.

We then ran into the Columbus Blue Jackets who put a home and home whooping on the Predators.  In the ‘Stone they won 5-2 and followed it up with a 7-1 debacle in their own arena.  We aren’t exactly sure what to make about those two games other than to sweep them under the rug and start playing for real on Thursday.

There were several players that came late to the party and there was no real chemistry started until the last game and a half.  Does this mean the Predators may have a slow start?  Who knows, but there is more depth and more talent on both sides of the ice than we’ve seen in a long time in Nashville.

Here are five things we learned during the preseason that will carry over into the regular season:

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