Nashville Predators: So far, our bold predictions are looking good

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Goals! Goals! Goals!

The Nashville Predators ranked 11th in goals scored last season, finding the net 240 times. With that, only three players notched 20+ goals.

We know the team lost 53 goals from last year’s team with player attrition. The goals had to come from somewhere.

Well, 33 games into the season and the Predators rank sixth in goal scoring. And, with 112 goals so far, the team is on pace for 278 goals on the season. Of course, I am not sure they will reach that level, but that is their pace.

More layers to this prediction include how the goals would be divided. Ryan Johansen would 20, or even 25. More on that later. But, it was the second line that came into focus. At the time of the prediction, the line looked to be Nick Bonino, Craig Smith, and Kevin Fiala. And I state the group would achieve 60 goals as a group.

Well, the group does not include Bonino. Thank you, David Poile, for acquiring Kyle Turris. So, where do things stand?

Bonino + Smith + Fiala = 27 goals

Turris + Smith + Fiala = 25 goals

I said Bonino and Smith would reach 20 goals. Well, Smith is almost there now. Bonino missing time caused him to start slower, but the 20-goal mark is possible.

But, then I went further saying Fiala would get 25 goals. Well, I could be off there. He only has 9 so far. But, it took what seemed like forever to get his first goal. Since there, boom.

The rest of the team seems to be stepping it up as well. Both P.K. Subban and Roman Josi are on track to exceed last year’s output. Mattias Ekholm already has. When Ryan Ellis returns, the team will only see more pucks find the net.