Nashville Predators 2020 NHL Season Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on March 30, 2020 in

The Nashville Predators have seen the postseason off and on for several seasons, and were hoping that the 2020 postseason was the same way. As the season came to a halt with the threat of the CoronaVirus, the Predators were the 8th and final team into the playoffs in the Western Conference. Now is a good time to take a look at the Nashville Predators 2020 Season Analysis, NHL Odds  and Stanley Cup Odds.

Nashville Predators 2020 NHL Season Analysis

Offense Struggled to Find Back of Net at Times

The Nashville Predators struggled to find the back of the net at times this season. The Predators ranked 16th in the league with 3.07 goals scored per game. Roman Josi was the top scoring option for Nashville this season with 16 goals, and 49 helpers on the season. Filip Forsberg was second with 48 total points for the Predators.

Nashville had no issue getting shots on the net. The Predators ranked 5th with more than 33 per game. The power play unit was not great for Nashville in 2020, as they ranked 25th in the league. Nashville was one of the best teams in the league at winning faceoffs, at nearly 52.5% on the season.

Defensively – Goaltending was Huge

The defense for the Predators do not have great stats, as they allowed 3.1 goals per game. But, the Predators were known as a lock down defensive team when push came to shove. That’s why a tough playoff series would be in the cards for their first round opponent. Pekka Rinne played in 36 games this season, and allowed 105 goals, while Juuse Saros was able to play in 40 games, and allow 98 goals per game.

During the most recent three game winning streak for the Predators – in wins over the Stars twice and Montreal, they allowed just 2 goals in 3 games. Previously before that, Nashville dropped three straight games, and allowed 14 goals in 3 games. There is no doubt, much like the rest of the league, allowing goals is a major key for the Predators success.

Nashville had one of the worst penalty kill units in all of the league. The Predators ranked 29th, and had just a 76.1%, which would have of course been a major key for the team in April and beyond.

Betting Odds to win 2020 Stanley Cup

The Predators had decent odds to win the Stanley Cup. Due in large part to their ability to slow down opposing offenses when on the top of their game. The Predators came into the final weeks of the season 11th in betting odds at +2000. That ranked just below Toronto, and just ahead of Edmonton.

Nashville had won three straight before the break in action. The remaining schedule for the Predators saw Toronto, Columbus, Minnesota, Colorado, Philadelphia Chicago, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Arizona, Colorado, Montreal, Philadelphia and Minnesota.

If the Predators reached the postseason in 2020, it would be their 6th straight season to play extra hockey. Nashville went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2017, but fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 6 games. A season ago – Nashville fell in the first round to the Dallas Stars in a rough 6 game series.