The Nashville Predators are one of the rare NHL franchises in the southeastern U.S. As an expansion team in 1998, Nashville has already attained tremendous success short of a Stanley Cup. The club has had plenty of star players though; Filip Forsberg should lead the Nashville Predators stats when his stint ends.
The NHL odds frequently put the Predators as a middling team to bet on. Nashville is not “fade” material like some of the league’s bad teams, but it’s not the contender it used to be. The franchise does have a habit of overachieving, so bet against the “Preds” at your own risk.
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- Matt Duchene – Goals: 43 (2021-22).
- David Legwand – Games: 956.
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The NHL had plans to bring hockey to Tennessee even before the Predators. In 1995, rumors persisted that the New Jersey Devils would relocate to Nashville. And in 1997, an ownership group led by Craig Leipold finally brought an NHL franchise to the state. The Predators started during the 1998-99 season.
Barry Trotz became the franchise’s first head coach, a position he would hold for 17 seasons. Nashville struggled in its first five seasons; still, management stuck with Trotz. The team finally made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2004 and was eliminated by the Red Wings in the quarterfinals.
With the likes of Shea Weber, David Legwand, and Tomas Vokoun leading the team, Nashville became a perennial playoff contender, though not much more. In 2008, the team was sold to a new ownership group. Pekka Rinne became an All-Star goaltender and Weber became the team captain in 2010.
After consecutive seasons of missing the playoffs, the club replaced Trotz with Peter Laviolette. The team also acquired Forsberg in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft; he blossomed into the franchise star. The Predators also flipped Weber for P.K. Subban.
Laviolette turned the team into a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. Nashville reached the Stanley Cup Final in a losing effort at the end of the 2015-16 season; they then set a franchise record with 117 points the following year. The team also won the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s best regular season team.
However, Nashville got upset by the Jets in the second round, and the team gradually declined, which led to Laviolette’s firing in early 2020. John Hynes took over as coach and promptly kept the team competitive, amid plenty of roster turnovers.
Rinne retired after the 2020-21 season. He became the first Predator to have their number retired. With a new core of players led by Forsberg, Nashville looks to keep building on the progress they make, although a Stanley Cup may still be far away.