The tale of 2016
Last season, the Predators were a preseason favorite to make it out of the Western Conference in the playoffs. For the first time, national media had actually shown them favor. But, you have to make it to the playoffs first. History would indeed prove true once more for Laviolette and his team. The Predators would go on to post their worst point total under Laviolette’s regime with 94 points. They just barely qualified for the playoffs as the 16th of 16 teams.
Fortunately for Predators fans, the hockey experts were onto something when they predicted the Predators to make it to the Finals. They looked like a totally different team than the inconsistent, ragtag group from the regular season. They were confident. They were fast. Most importantly, they were healthy. The Predators would go on to break every franchise playoff record en route to their first Stanley Cup Finals berth. We all know how the story ends. Yet again, the fans are left with even more hope than the season before. We cannot wait until October.