Nashville Predators Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Nashville Predators Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Nashville Predators Stanley Cup Betting

The Nashville Predators have been stuck in a rut since their appearances in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Nashville has been good enough to make the playoffs but not good enough to be a serious threat to win the Stanley Cup.  Last year the Predators were the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference. To their credit, the Preds had a late season rally to get into the playoffs. But Nashville is an average hockey team, which is not expected to change for the 2022-23 campaign.

Veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh arrives from the Tampa Bay Lightning and will help on the ice. But McDonagh does damage to the Preds salary cap, and the relative worth of his arrival remains a source of debate. Nine Niederreiter was another offseason acquisition that comes at a much better cap price than McDonagh. These moves have a strong chance to extend Nashville’s nine-year playoff streak. But the Preds are nowhere near ready for a Stanley Cup run.

Nashville Predators at a Glance

2022-2023 Stanley Cup Odds: +5000 (Aug, 2022)

Western Conference Odds: +2505 (Aug, 2022)

Last year the Nashville Predators finished with a record of 45-30-7 to finish 5th in the Central Division. Nashville was eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche in a four game sweep. Nashville ranked 13th for goal scoring, 6th for power play efficiency, 17th for goals against, and 18th for penalty killing.

General manager David Poile, age 72, has been with the Preds since their berth in 1997. He ranks as the most successful general manager in NHL history but has never won a Stanley Cup.

Head coach John Hynes arrived during the 2019-20 season and has produced three playoff teams in his three years on the job. Hynes has a Nashville record of 92-64-10 after going 150-159-45 as head coach of the New Jersey Devils.

Left wing Filip Forsberg, age 27, was the 11th overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals. But Forsberg never played for the Caps. Last year he had a career best 42 goals to go with 42 assists.

Goaltender Juuse Saros is coming off a solid 2021-22 season. Saros posted a .918 save percentage but was injured for the playoffs. Saros replaced the retired legend Pekka Rinne.

Center Matt Duchene is another asset for the Preds. He scored a career best 43 goals to go with 43 assists last year.

Nashville Predators Seasons

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2021-22 45-30-7 Lost First Round
2020-21 31-23-2 Lost First Round
2019-20 35-26-8 Lost Qualifying Round
2018-19 47-29-6 Lost First Round
2017-18 53-18-11 Lost Second Round
2016-17 41-29-12 Lost Stanley Cup Final
2015-16 41-27-14 Lost Second Round
2014-15 47-25-10 Lost First Round
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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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