The Nashville Predators power play took a major step forward last year, going from one of the worst in the league all the way to a top-10 finish at sixth. The penalty kill, unfortunately, did not have such great fortune.
It is not like they were terrible, but they were 18th in the league and on average were not giving the Predators a great chance to win on a nightly basis.
The accumulation of penalty minutes as the season progressed undoubtedly played a role in its regression, but at the same time there were personnel issues that needed to be dealt with.
That is a huge reason why the Nashville Predators acquired Ryan McDonagh from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Heading into this year, they should have two units that realistically make it tough for opponents to score on the man advantage.
Here’s how the penalty kill units should be assembled going into 2022-23.