Strength of Schedule
If you are a fan of the NHL, you are likely aware of where teams stand right now. The Nashville Predators are 11-3-0 on the season, one of two teams with double-digit wins. Ten of the 11 wins came during regulation. They won their only overtime match. Furthermore, they are 6-0-0 on the road. That is a great start, but it means they are 5-3-0 at Bridgestone.
The Predators are 6-0-0 versus the Eastern Conference, beating Tampa and Boston and the Islanders along the way.
There is good news. Just ask Fox Sports Tennessee broadcaster Willy Daunic.
That’s right. The collective record of the Nashville Predators opponents is 81-51-15. Seven of their wins come against teams with at least 16 points. All three of the Predators’ losses come against the same group of teams. Not only have they played quality teams, but they are also beating them.
Just for comparison, the collective record of Tampa’s opponents is 72-61-19.
Now, as we saw last year, records do not mean much when it comes to the Playoffs. The Predators finished the season with the league’s best record, yet, struggled against a pesky Colorado team and a strong Jets squad. But, seeing how the Predators are performing against quality teams shows how powerful this team can be.