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Regular Season Record: 47-29-6, 100 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-4
Last Stanley Cup Win: Never
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: Never
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Jason Arnott
A reason to cheer for the Predators: How do the Preds do it every year? Despite one of the lowest payrolls in the league and a roster devoid of superstars, Nashville competes for a playoff position every single season. A lot of the credit should go to general manager David Poile and head coach Barry Trotz, but the players themselves deserve some recognition as well, assuming of course you can remember any of their names. What the Preds lack in star power, they make up for in grit and competitiveness. While they don’t get the headlines, the defensive corps is very solid with Shea Weber leading the way.
What They Bring To The Table: While the Preds do a great job at reaching the post-season, they must now take the next step and prove that they are not simply content earning a ticket to the dance. In their relatively short history, Nashville has yet to win a playoff series. Working in their favour this season is how effective they have been on the road. Remarkably only the Sharks, Capitlas and Kings have more wins away from home then Nashville. As well it is a very good thing that the Predators are the least penalized team in the League because they are horrible on the PK. Nashville kills off only 77% of their penalties, the worst of any team that qualified for the post-season. Their power play is equally anemic, making good at only a 16.6% clip. To make the situation even worse they enter the post-season with a goaltender who has never seen a minute of playoff hockey. While Pekka Rinne has been solid during the regular season, you never know what you will get from a goaltender until he is tested under the glare of the playoffs. The odds are certainly stacked against Nashville from advancing.