Every year in the NHL is a grueling 82-game season, but this year, the Nashville Predators are off to a hot start. In honor of this, let’s take a look back at some of their past hot starts in franchise history.
Many times the NHL regular season is full of peaks and valleys. Even the best teams in the league, like the Nashville Predators, hit their inevitable rough patches. However, getting off to a hot start is valuable in the sense that it takes off some pressure later in the season to be perfect.
For an ultra-talented team like the Predators, piling up the points early on when your team is mainly at its healthiest is key. The scratches and dings eventually start adding up throughout the season, so getting as many wins as possible before this occurs is something that bodes well for any NHL squad. In sum, giving yourself a buffer by playing well early on is important, even if it’s a long season.
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Luckily for Nashville supporters, the Predators are 5-1 on the young 2018-19 season after two weeks.
Whether or not this will translate to the team playing postseason hockey once again is yet to be determined, but, the Predators are looking very sharp and locked in early on. In fact, outside of a lapse against the Calgary Flames during opening week, the team has been virtually perfect.
So, let us further analyze some other notable starts to the Predators’ schedule in their franchise history. For what it’s worth, the Stanley Cup team isn’t featured on this list as they started 13-12-4 and were very ordinary until sneaking into the playoffs. Then they swept the Blackhawks and we’ll never forget.
All records are courtesy of hockey-reference.com