2014-15 record: 47-25-10 (102 points)
2nd place in the Central Division, 3rd place in the Western Conference
Goals For: 232
Goals Against: 208
Power Play: 16.2% (25)
Penalty Kill: 80.8% (18)
Team Faceoff Pct: 48.9% (21t)
Key Offseason Moves
2015 Top Draft Pick: Round 2 – Pick 55 – F Yakov Trenin
Additions: Barret Jackman, Cody Hodgson, Steve Moses, Max Reinhart
- Are the Predators better or worse heading into 2015-16? BETTER
The Preds sprinted out to an early division lead and were able to sustain their play through a series of tough injuries down the stretch, specifically one that kept Pekka Rinne out of the lineup for an extended period of time.
Nashville got to work this summer keeping their forward group in place, giving Mike Ribeiro (two years), Colin Wilson (four years) and Craig Smith (five year) multi-year contracts. Their blue line is in good shape with Roman Josi and Seth Jones continuing to provide quality play around captain Shea Weber. And Rinne is as good as it gets when he’s healthy.
Filip Forsberg was the buzz when the season opened, but he faded down the stretch. If he can become a 70-point player up front for the Preds, they’re in good shape for the future.
- Will Nashville be a playoff team this year? Yes
As long as Weber and Rinne are in the lineup, Nashville will be competitive. But the front office in Nashville has surrounded them with good, talented young players who should keep the Preds near/at the top of the division for the next few years.