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About Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators Tickets 2019 Season Outlook
The Preds could be on their way to winning the Central Division for the third year in a row. With the signing of Matt Duchene to a seven-year deal, they become more than relevant in the Western Conference. The team had to give up talented defenseman P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils to acquire Duchene. With a loss like Subban on defense, it still doesn't create too much concern for Nashville. Ellis and Josi anchor a solid defensive line that looks ready to challenge contenders in the upcoming season. Watch out for Pekka Rinne who will be turning 37 in the forthcoming season, so his years of dominant play might be limited. Like Dallas, the Predators are gearing up for a serious run at taking home the Stanley Cup this upcoming year. Adding assistant Dan Lambert will help an otherwise lethargic power play attack and ramp up the offensive game plan.
History of Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators have only been an NHL franchise since 1998. Since then, the Predators have done exceptionally well as an expansion team, making it to the playoffs on numerous occasions. A group led by businessman Craig Leipold made a request to the NHL for an expansion team. An arena had opened in 1996 with the hopes of bringing the NBA’s Sacramento Kings to Nashville. Because that move never materialized, the arena could be used for a hockey team. In June of 1997, the NHL granted four franchises to Nashville, Columbus, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. Nashville’s new franchise logo was announced to be a saber-tooth cat, in reference to a partial Smilodon skeleton found in downtown Nashville during construction of the UBS Tower. The Predators began play in the 1998-99 season. After five seasons of play, the Predators finally made it to the postseason. In 2004, the Predators finished 8th in the Western Conference, which qualified them for their first playoffs in franchise history. They were eliminated in six games by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs. The next season there was no play due to a lockout within the NHL.
In the 2005-06 season, the Predators returned with spark. They became the fourth team in NHL history to start the season 8-0. By the end of the season with Predators achieved their first 100-point season with 106 points – which clinched an at home advantage in the first round of playoffs for the first time in team history. Unfortunately, in the first round of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs the Predators were eliminated in 5 games by the San Jose Sharks. The following two seasons the Predators were able to qualify for the playoffs but continued to be eliminated in the first round. Finally. in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks in the first round, advancing in the playoffs for the first time in team history. Sadly, the Predators fell to the Vancouver Canucks four games to two. The following season the Predators managed to once again make it past the first round to face the Phoenix Coyotes – now the Arizona Coyotes – in the second round. Similar to the previous season, the Predators were eliminated before making it to the Conference Finals. In the 2013 and 2014 playoffs, the Predators did not qualify. For the 2015 playoffs, the Predators returned to the postseason but lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. In the 2016 off-season, the Predators obtained defenseman P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadians. The new addition to the roster proved to be extremely fruitful for the team as the 2016-17 seasons was one of the best Nashville ever experienced. That season was the first time the Predators sold out all 41 regular season home games. They finished the regular season with 94 points which clinched the eighth seed for the team. In the first round the Predators swept the top seeded Chicago Blackhawks. This was the first time in the history of all major league sports that an eight seed swept a one seed. In the second round of the playoffs, the Predators defeated the St. Louis Blues in six games – which allowed them to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time ever. It was there that the Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks four games to two and made franchise history again by advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals. In the Finals, the Predators faced the Pittsburgh Penguins but sadly lost the series in six games.
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