Records are meant to be broken. Could the struggling Nashville Predators see franchise records fall in the season’s final games?
Earlier in the year, I wrote an article on potential Nashville Predators franchise records that could be broken. Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen began the season on fire and took charge of the team’s offense. After this hot start, my thoughts were the franchise records for goals, assists, and points in a season could all be broken.
With only two games left in the regular season, where do we stand now?
Not to toot my own horn, but I was pretty accurate on all three of my predictions. Let’s get the low-lying fruit out of the way, though. The Nashville Predators individual point record set by Paul Kariya was a longshot from the start. The Predators have some very skilled players, but none quite like him. With 85 points in the 05-06 season, Kariya’s record will still stand at season’s end. Johansen will finish somewhere in the mid-60s–a plateau that hasn’t been crossed by a Nashville Predators player in recent history.
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Speaking of Johansen, I mentioned he might be able to break the Nashville Predators franchise assist record. In that same 05-06 season, Paul Kariya also established a team record with 54 assists. Early on, Johansen operated at an assist per game rate, but that mellowed out. However, he just notched his 50th assist of the year, pulling within four of the franchise record. With two games left in the season and the Predators trying to secure the Central Division, it is feasible Joey could possibly tie or even break the assists record.
The one record everyone is talking about is well within reach. Now I figured Filip Forsberg would take the honors, but it appears Viktor Arvidsson should break the franchise record for goals in a season. Arvy tied the record that Forsberg and Jason Arnott held with his 33rd goal of the year. Mind you, he did it in only 56 games. Arvidsson’s shot percentage is a team-high 18%, and he’s scored in just about every scenario possible.
He has two games left to achieve the honor, both at Bridgestone Arena and both against teams who have been eliminated from playoff contention. The table has been set for Viktor Arvidsson. Let’s see what he can do!