Nashville Predators Trends After Three Games

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Oct 10, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators players celebrate after a win against the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Trending NEUTRAL ⇔: Preds Undefeated Record

Okay, this might be a little bit picky.  The Predators are 3-0 and one of only five teams in the league without a loss after five games.  It is the second time in their history that they started this well.  Three wins is three wins, right?

All of that is true but if you look at the three teams we faced, Carolina, Edmonton and New Jersey, they have a grand total of zero wins this season.  The schedule has been favorable starting the season with two home games and three teams that aren’t exactly setting the world on fire. All three teams are in the bottom six in the league in scoring.

Part of that is due to play against the Predators stout defense but in a small sample, we really don’t know how good this team is yet.  In each of the games, we got the early lead then seemed to sit back and lose our aggressiveness for a big part of the game.  We’ve been outshot during 5 on 5 play in each game.

The upcoming schedule will be a better test.  We travel to Brooklyn to take on the Islanders, who at least have a win,  then to Ottawa against the Senators who are 2-1.  We then return home for a challenging home stand.  We will host the Lightning, Ducks and Penguins, some of the best teams in the league.  That should give us a better idea of where we stand.

If we can get out of the month of October with a record of 7-3, then we will know that we have an elite team and have proven it against all kinds of competition.  The Preds won’t be able to play half a game against some of those teams and hope to come out with a win.

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