April Fools: Why the Nashville Predators Aren't Set Up For Playoff Success

Possibly Foolish Reasons From a Lifetime of Playoff Disappointment

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Mar 23, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators goaltender Kevin Lankinen (32) and
Mar 23, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators goaltender Kevin Lankinen (32) and / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Juuse Runs Out of Juice

Right now Juuse Saros is leading the league in games played amongst goalies and is likely going to be at the top of the league when the regular season ends in nine games. He's defying the odds currently again and he won't be able to sneak a break in at all once the playoffs start.

Saros has only 10 starts in his NHL playoff career, winning just three of those games. But his save percentage and GAA is commendable at .914 and 2.78 goals allowed per game. This would be only his third postseason appearance as the team's number one starter after being the backup to Pekka Rinne during his first three playoff appearances.

With nine games to go and only one back to back you can safely assume that Saros will get another eight starts. Plus the Predators are only 4 points back of the Winnipeg Jets. If they push for that 3rd spot in the Central Division, Saros might be at the end of his rope by playoff time.