Nashville Predators: Early Season Standouts and Surprises

Nashville Predators right wing Mathieu Olivier (25) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy (5) exchange shoves after the whistle during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville Predators right wing Mathieu Olivier (25) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy (5) exchange shoves after the whistle during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Viktor Arvidsson, Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Viktor Arvidsson

The man we call “Arvy” is really sticking out because he’s spraying shots all over the net and isn’t really reaping the rewards of that.

Arvidsson leads the team in shots on goal with 36, but his shooting percentage is horrendous at 5.6, which is well below his career average of 11.9. Just two seasons ago he enjoyed a 17.4 shooting percentage while scoring a career-high 34 goals.

You have to hope that Arvidsson’s luck is about to shift, but it also comes down to poor shot quality. He’s taking a lot of perimeter shots that the goaltender can easily track.

To be fair, Arvidsson has been the victim of some incredible saves as well, but that’s what happens in the NHL. He has to keep plugging away and looking for better scoring areas to get these shots to start converting into actual goals.

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Arvidsson is tied with Forsberg for the team lead in points with six through the first nine games. I’m expecting his goal numbers to hit a spike here soon against more inferior competition.