Franchise record-holder for points
We forget about this team unfortunately, mainly because of a first-round playoff exit. At this point in my Predators memory, it’s me being happy that they’re at the top of the standings. That’s exactly where they finished with 110 points. That’s still a franchise record. Again, the Red Wings stood in their way of a division title with 113 points.
The major addition of this season was Peter Forsberg. I remember thinking, “we actually signed a superstar?”. Forsberg was joining another superstar and future member of the Hall of Fame, Paul Kariya. We can’t overlook the solid goaltending duo of Tomas Vokoun and Chris Mason. Both have 20-plus wins from this season.
As for the playoffs this particular year, they ran into a ridiculously good Sharks team. That series was incredibly physical, and the Predators couldn’t match their size. The series only went to five games, with three of the four losses being decided by one goal. It was hard to swallow, but my excitement for where this team was heading had me pumped for the next season.