Will the Predators make it three-straight?
Winning the division isn’t the top goal for the Predators. Anyone else can have the division title if it means the Predators enter the playoffs more hungry and go deep. That didn’t happen the last two seasons that the Predators won the division, their first two in franchise history.
Knowing it’s not the ultimate goal, it’s still a fun race to watch. The Central Division is very deep outside of Minnesota. I’ll even give Chicago a minor shot at getting into the top-three of the division and getting a playoff spot.
The Predators haven’t played but one team withing the division so far. They have two wins against the Wild. Their next division game comes this week against Chicago. Once we start seeing more divisional games next month, we’ll know for sure how the Predators are matching up against a very deep division.
It’s a four-team race for the division title. My initial preseason stance hasn’t changed. Nashville, Dallas, St.Louis and Colorado are all right near each other.. Even after Dallas’ horrible start, they’re still one of those teams that are real contenders for the division. These four teams are going to come within eight points of each other in the end, and I’m sticking with my preseason pick of Dallas to win the division. The Predators will finish top-three, but I don’t have enough confidence in their defensive depth to peg them as a division winner.