Nashville Predators: These five teams are the Predator’s biggest rivals?

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St. Louis Blues

Since Nashville’s inaugural season in 1998-99, only two teams other than the Predators have spent the entirety in the central division. The St. Louis Blues are one of those teams. The other will be discussed later on. Like the Red Wings, when Nashville has had a chance to win the division St. Louis was there to make sure they did not. However, it is still harder to consider the Blues a major rival. Before last season the two teams had never even met in postseason play. Moving forward, though; the rivalry between these two teams should strengthen significantly.

During the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, Nashville and St. Louis met in the second round. Speaking from a purely entertainment standpoint, it was probably the most exciting series to watch, in my opinion. Two division foes fighting to get to the Stanley Cup, a trophy neither team has won. The series went back and forth, and displayed some of the best goaltending of the entire playoffs. Nashville ultimately won the series 4-2, but it was much closer than the score suggests.

Once again, the reason this is number four on the list, is because I see this becoming a bigger rivalry in the future. Grueling it out in the playoffs will do that. Both teams are primed for continued success moving forward, and it will be an extremely captivating rivalry to cover in the coming years.