Nashville Predators Season Report Card as They Reach the Quarter Mark

Nashville Predators center Matt Duchene (95) celebrates with teammates after a goal during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville Predators center Matt Duchene (95) celebrates with teammates after a goal during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pitiful Power Play

The Nashville Predators success on the power play from the 2021-2022 season was short lived.

Last season’s 24.4% success rate was sixth in the NHL, but sadly has been followed up with a 16.7% success rate ranking 27th this season. Even though the Predators rank seventh in power play opportunities, their inability to generate offense is killing them.

Too much passing and not enough net front presence has been two of the biggest factors in this slump. When the Predators get set up in the offensive zone, they are worried about the pretty passes and not just getting pucks to the net.

Roman Josi leads the team in power play goals with three, followed by three players with two apiece (Duchene, Niederreiter, Johansen). Forsberg with just one power play goal is concerning to say the least.

With only 13 Power Play goals and giving up two shorthanded goals, both power play units need to step it up and get pucks to the net.

Overall Grade: D-