The Predators’ Stanley Cup hopes were devoured by the Sharks in game seven of the second round.
In 2014-15, the Predators had the best season in franchise history. They wrapped up the season with a 47-25-10 record, and entered the playoffs as the second seed. Unfortunately, they were eliminated by the 2015 Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
This season, the Predators were pretty inconsistent. They fought hard to a record of 41-27-14 and entered the playoffs as the first wildcard seed.
So, you would think that this time around the playoff run would be worse; however, the Predators proved everybody wrong.
A historic playoff run had Nashville ending the hopes in Anaheim by winning their first ever game seven in round one. They finished off two thrilling overtime wins in Smashville against San Jose, one was a three overtime allnighter. Sadly, that series ended it all for Nashville in a forgetful 5-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks in the second round, as mentioned before.
Goalie Pekka Rinne was obviously disappointed in the loss. He said he “felt like this was their year.”
Well, who didn’t?
The Predators were flaming hot at the most perfect time. The Stanley Cup was just nine wins away. NINE!
Despite the bad ending, there is a ton of up side in the near future for this team. The loss only made them learn from their mistakes, and the horrible feeling of disappointment will ring in their heads everytime they are on the ice.
Finally, the Predators are a dangerous, Stanley Cup bound team. That’s only if they can sustain their competitive edge for most of the season and beyond.
“I think that’s a learning thing,” Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. “We’re a pretty young group. We’re learning all the time. Just with the experience of this year, knowing that we can’t take any nights off. We can’t try to think that we’re better and win two games and think we’re the best team in the league. We’ve just got to stay consistent with our game. … I think it’s just a more mental thing than anything else.” – Quote from The Tennessean.
Pekka Rinne can be a closed door in front of the net. When his guys back him up by attacking the other net, the Predators are nearly unbeatable.
Whenever guys like Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Johansen, and Craig Smith are rolling, the Predators win. If they can get that in 2016-17, they will be Stanley Cup bound.
There’s finally an elite team in Tennessee. And it’s almost certain that a championship is on its way. But when?
TNS predicts it’ll be as soon as 2017.
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