3 reasons the Nashville Predators will struggle in Round 1 of the NHL Playoffs

The Nashville Predators may have punched a spot into the NHL Playoffs, but they didn’t do so because they were one of the league’s most consistent teams.
Dec 19, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators center Cody Glass (8) celebrates with
Dec 19, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators center Cody Glass (8) celebrates with / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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The Nashville Predators may have excited their fan base with an unprecedented run to the NHL Playoffs. While it was a feel-good story in Tennessee this season, this is a team with numerous flaws and a group that could be “one and done” if they continue the inconsistencies that plagued them in April. 

But we also know how hot the Predators can get, evidenced by none other than what was an 18-game points streak that served as the catalyst for launching them into the postseason. During the streak, Nashville proved they can beat anyone, but getting the best of a team like the Vancouver Canucks, a group that was far more consistent sans a so-so February, could be a different story. 

It’s worth mentioning Nashville finished just 0-3-0 against Vancouver during the season and scored six goals in the process. They allowed 13 against this high-scoring team, and that trend could continue into the playoffs. Let’s talk about three reasons why Nashville’s struggles could continue against the Canucks, starting with their consistency issues. 

Consistency was an issue for the Preds all year long

Consistency haunted Nashville from the moment their season commenced on October 10th, and they started the season just 5-10-0. Then there were times when they looked like a legit playoff team, going 13-3--0 between November 18th and December 16th, before they fell to a meager 8-10-2 record between December 19th and January 31st. 

Then came their 17-2-2 mark that started on February 10th vs. the Arizona Coyotes and didn’t end until those same Coyotes beat them 8-4 on March 28th. They finished the season with an uninspiring 4-5-1 record, once again hinting that struggles were on the horizon. 

If the Predators can at least display some consistency, maybe they’ll go places in the 2024 playoffs, but right now, that doesn’t look like the case, especially if one particular player struggles.