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Season Preview: Nashville Predators

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

Conference: Western

Division: Central



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Offseason



Additions: Ryan McDonagh, Nino Niederreiter, Kevin Lankinen, Zach Sanford, John Leonard, Kiefer Sherwood

Subtractions: David Rittich, Nick Cousins, Matt Benning, Matt Luff, Mathieu Olivier, Philippe Myers, Ben Harpur


The Predators made a bit of a splash this offseason by trading for a former Cup-winning defenseman in McDonagh. He brings a steadiness to the defense, while Niederreiter brings a similar aspect to the forward group. Rittich struggled as the team's backup goaltender last season, but his replacement - -Lankinen - also is coming off a rough season.


 


Injury Report



Probable For Opener: -None-

Questionable For Opener: Juuse Saros (Ankle), Mark Borowiecki (Undisclosed), John Leonard (Lower Body)

Out To Begin Season: -None-

Out For Season: -None-


The recent news of an ankle injury to starting goalie Juuse Saros is a little alarming, because Nashville is likely to lean on him heavily this season. If the severity is minimal, then the Predators should be ready to roll come the start of the season.


 

Projected Lineup

(league ranks in parentheses)



Forwards (19th)

Filip Forsberg - Mikael Granlund - Matt Duchene

Nino Niederreiter - Ryan Johansen - Philip Tomasino

Yakov Trenin - Colton Sissons - Tanner Jeannot

Zach Sanford - Michael McCarron - Eeli Tolvanen


Defense (16th)

Ryan McDonagh - Roman Josi

Mattias Ekholm - Alex Carrier

Jeremy Lauzon - Dante Fabbro


Goalies (14th)

Juuse Saros

Kevin Lankinen


The Predators project as a well-rounded, mid-tier roster with balance throughout each and every position. Niederreiter brings plenty of flexibility to the lineup, and Tomasino will push Tolvanen for top-six time this season.


On defense, McDonagh becomes an instant top-four staple, leaving Josi free reign for offensive zone creativity. This pushes Fabbro down the lineup, where he becomes a strength as a role player instead of a stretch as a minutes eater.


 


Dynamic Players


Snipers: Tanner Jeannot

Playmakers: Philip Tomasino

Volume Shooters: Filip Forsberg

Play-Drivers: Nino Niederreiter

Shutdown Defenders: -None-

Shot Blockers: -None-

Hitters: Tanner Jeannot | Eeli Tolvanen | Jeremy Lauzon | Michael McCarron

Enforcers: Tanner Jeannot | Yakov Trenin | Jeremy Lauzon | Michael McCarron

Penalty Drawers: -None-

PP Specialists: Filip Forsberg | Eeli Tolvanen

PK Specialists: Yakov Trenin

Faceoff Specialists: Colton Sissons | Michael McCarron


 


Fantasy Impact


Studs: Filip Forsberg, Juuse Saros, Roman Josi

Duds: Ryan Johansen

Sleepers: -None-

Other Roster Worthy: Matt Duchene, Mikael Granlund, Tanner Jeannot


Nashville's fantasy hockey situation is pretty self-explanatory, where Forsberg, Saros, and Josi will be focal points on any roster and Duchene and Granlund are solid compliments as a result.


In leagues that take hits into account, Jeannot provides plenty of value even if his shooting percentage regresses. Johansen always seems to get drafted in redraft leagues, but his role has diminished over the years and he's at a very deep position. His value just isn't there unless he reunites on a line with Forsberg.

2022-2023 PuckLuck Projections

PLAYER

POS

G

A

PTS

W

GA

SV

SO

Filip Forsberg

F

44

59

103

Juuse Saros

G

38

171

1851

5

Roman Josi

D

16

57

73

Matt Duchene

F

31

51

82

Mikael Granlund

F

16

53

70

Tanner Jeannot

F

19

14

33

Ryan Johansen

F

16

33

49


 


Betting Impact



PuckLuck Projection: 94 points

Floor: 79 points Ceiling: 106 points


Projection Data Confidence: 73%

(League Average: 70%)


PuckLuck Odds:

  • Stanley Cup: +1500

  • President's Trophy: +1700

  • Conference: +600

  • Division: +600

DraftKings Sportsbook Lines:

  • Stanley Cup: +3500

  • President's Trophy: +4500

  • Conference: +1600

  • Division: +1000

The early projections on the Predators have them as a borderline playoff team, but also a solid value on the division and conference winning futures. A lot will ride on the play of Saros, and if he can carry the team as the workhorse netminder.


Because of this, the Predators should be a nice underdog play early on in the season, as they will face plenty of similarly-rated competition in the Western Conference. Not too many goalies have been better than Saros the last few season, so when in doubt it's safe to lean on the play between the pipes.


 


Season Outlook



Division Projection: 4th

Conference Projection: 9th

League Projection: 17th

Playoffs? Fringe


The moves the Predators made should improve the club, but they're stuck in a division that sent five teams to the playoffs last season and that has six teams expected to compete for playoff spots this season. Add that on top of an improved Pacific Division to compete with for wild card berths, and it will be a tight battle for postseason action in Nashville this season.


Right now we have them projected as the first team out, so they will likely need injury luck or someone to step up and provide some supplementary scoring in order to ensure that they clinch a spot.


Will the Nashville Predators make the playoffs?

  • Yes

  • No



 


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