Nashville Predators: 4 Takeaways from Disappointing End to Season

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NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 20: Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) is shown during Game Five of Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars, held on April 20, 2019, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Goose egg for the power play

We tried to stay hopeful that the Predators power play would finally figure it out in the playoffs. They just needed a clean slate. Well that certainly wasn’t the case, and, believe it or not, looked even worse against the Stars. The Predators failed to tally a power play goal in the series. They had 15 attempts, including a few that could’ve sealed the win in Game 6.

It’s so hard to explain how a team with so much talent and cohesion can be this bad on the power play. You can attribute some of it to bad luck, but most of it is poor execution. It looked like Dallas knew exactly what the Predators wanted to do on their power play and just simply snuffed it out before anything could get going.

When the Predators did get power play shots on goal, often times they were easily blocked by Dallas penalty killers, or Bishop had a pretty ordinary save to make. Bishop did make some amazing stops to keep the Predators from tallying on a couple power plays. However, too many times the power play failed to even get set up in Dallas’ zone. We feared that the putrid power play would keep them from getting anywhere far in the postseason, and that’s exactly what happened. They go down as the only team in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs to not score a power play goal. How fitting.

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