Nashville Predators 2024 Stanley Cup Odds
General manager David Poile retired after leading the Predators for their entire existence. Former Preds head coach Barry Trotz takes over as the new GM. In the 2023 NHL Draft, Nashville worked on home soil, selecting powerful winger Matthew Wood, who will be in the NHL sooner than many in Round 1. While most saw Tanner Molendyk as a large reach in the first round, he’s a brilliant skater and could become a prototypical modern gamer as he continues to strengthen. Meanwhile, Rounds 2 and 3 were where the Predators truly went to work, grabbing forwards Kalan Lind, Felix Nilsson, Jesse Kiiskinen, and defender Dylan MacKinnon. It’s nice depth for a draft class.
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The 2022-23 Nashville Predators were 42-32-8 straight up and 35-43 over/under the total. Also, Nashville was 5th in the Central Division playoff standings. Nashville was 17 points behind the Colorado Avalanche in the Central Division race. Nashville had NHL rankings of 26th for goals scored and 27th for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Predators had NHL rankings of 12th for goals against and 6th for penalty killing.
First among Nashville scorers was Roman Josi with 18 goals, 41 assists, 59 points, and a +5. Goaltender Juuse Saros had a .919 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average. His record was 33-23-78, with two shutouts.
Head coach Andrew Brunette has yet to coach a game, but everything he has done the past two years has created the expectation the Predators could have an answer for their scoring woes (they finished 28th in scoring last season). Brunette's lone season in charge of the Panthers saw them lead the NHL in goals, while his one campaign as a New Jersey Devils assistant played a role in why they were top five in goals per game.
New GM Barry Trotz wasted little time revamping the Predators, trading Johansen, and buying out Duchene's contract before signing Nyquist, O'Reilly, and Schenn. The Preds retained 50% of Johansen's $8 million cap hit. At the same time, the buyout means they'll move on from Duchene with them owing $2.5 million in 2023-24, $5.55 million in 2024-25, and $6.55 million in 2025-26 before falling to $1.55 million for the following three years. Even with the dead cap space from Duchene, they should be in a position to retain players -- something that will prove useful when it comes time for Juuse Saros to sign an extension.
The Preds had two first-round picks -- Matthew Wood at No. 15 and Tanner Molendyk at No. 24 -- and nearly a dozen new prospects entering their pool via the draft this summer. But the need to develop that talent is crucial, given that Philip Tomasino is the only Predator drafted since 2017 to play more than 100 games.
Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)
||Did not qualify
||Lost in First Round, 0–4 (Avalanche)
||Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Hurricanes)
||Lost in Qualifying Round, 1–3 (Coyotes)
||Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Stars)
Nashville Predators History
Founded as an expansion team in 1998, the Nashville Predators have had a couple of close ownership and financial calls but are now firmly established as a vital part of the Music City scene. Country music singers wasted no time in taking to the sport. One of the biggest music stars in the country, Carrie Underwood, ended up marrying one of the biggest Predator stars in team history, Mike Fisher. Team traditions include throwing catfish on the ice like the Detroit Red Wings octopus toss. Fans love the Music City scene on the Nashville strip before and after games.
In the 2016-17 season, the Predators reached their peak in popularity by making the Stanley Cup Final. Nashville lost the Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2. But during that series, the hockey world was introduced to “Smashville” and its amazing culture. While the Bridgestone Arena was packed, the streets of Nashville were also. Fans partied up and down the famed strip during that series.
The following season was a letdown as Nashville posted its best regular season in franchise history, only to be eliminated in the second round. Since then, the Preds have declined to become a reliable playoff team, but nothing more than that.
Two years ago, goaltender Pekka Rinne, a franchise icon and a big part of that 2017 run, retired. His number was retired by the Preds earlier this season. Rinne was one of the most dominant goaltenders in this era and represented the Preds in a first-class manner.
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