Nashville Predators: What Fans Should Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

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Top-10 Penalty Kill

The Nashville Predators are taking way too many penalties, but luckily they’re still winning. They’re killing nearly 84 percent of their penalties, good for 9th in the NHL. It’s masking the concerning amount of penalties they’re taking. A lot of these penalties are coming early in the game, making it probable that they fall behind. The Predators lead the NHL in penalty minutes per game at over 15. That’s a lengthy margin over the next team.

We have to be thankful for how the special teams is bailing them out from sloppy penalties. The recent win over Colorado is a perfect example of the penalty kill saving them. They were at a man disadvantage for nearly 11 minutes in the first period, but didn’t surrender a goal. That’s deflating for the opposition, but is a momentum boost for the Predators.

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The penalties have to be cleaned up, and I believe they will be. However, it’s refreshing to know that the Predators boast a superior penalty kill that will be a luxury in those grueling playoff series. Of course, there’s still a lot of work to be done to get to where they want to be.