As the Nashville Predators prepare for the Winnipeg Jets in the second round, let’s take a look at every second-round series in franchise history.
It’s easy to forget how young the playoff success is for the Nashville Predators. They’ve been making the playoffs regularly since their first trip playoff berth in 2004. However, this current trip to the second round marks just the fifth time in franchise history.
Historically, the second round has marked a dead end for an out-matched Predators team that was still building a foundation. They would run into teams loaded with superior talent and proven veterans. Now they can call themselves one of those teams after last year’s run and what they’re accomplishing this season.
This current playoff run marks the fifth time the Predators are in the second round. Hard to believe, but the Predators are still new to going deep in the playoffs. The trip to the Stanley Cup Final last year made that fact easy to forget.
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The Predators are built to keep having playoff success for the near future. As for this year, they have the toughest test you can expect in a second-round series. The Jets are lethal on the offensive attack and have a Vezina Trophy finalist in Connor Hellebuyck. The Predators have one of their own with Pekka Rinne.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back on all of second-round series in Nashville Predators franchise history.