Awarded a franchise in 1997, the Nashville Predators started playing in the NHL during the 1998-99 season. Similar to most expansion teams, the Preds have mostly struggled to get a foothold among the elite of the NHL. Nevertheless, fans of hockey in the Music City are passionate about their team, developing traditions such as the Fang Fingers when the team is on a power play. Nashville Predators lines reflect the fact that they’re a small market team still attempting to find their groove.
Nashville Predators Next Game
Nashville Predators next game details, including the moneylines for both them and the squad they play against, are published and updated before each game. We give you lines directly from popular sportsbooks so you can make sure the odds you’re getting are decent.
Nashville Predators Score
After every game finishes, we the list the Nashville Predators score alongside the moneyline that was offered by sportsbooks before the puck drop. Comparing historical odds with results helps you determine the next time the team might offer solid betting value.
Nashville Predators Standings
Before you bet on regular season matchups, it’s a good idea to quickly browse the Nashville Predators standings as well as the position of their opponent. This way, you’ll have a bit of additional context before deciding on which team to bet on.
Nashville Predators Record
Under the steady guidance of Barry Trotz, the longest serving coach in franchise history, the Nashville Predators were able to make the playoffs for the first time in 2003-04. Their momentum was stymied somewhat by the lockout the next year, but they still managed to rise to their first playoff birth to a 106-point season in 2005-06. After a string of first round exits, the Preds finally won their first playoff series, clinching the historic win against the Ducks in front of their home crowd.
The Predators are stuck in a very tough situation in terms of competition, having to deal with a tough Central Division in the western conference, including teams like the Blues, Blackhawks and Stars. Even if they best a divisional foe, the Kings and Sharks have awaited them in the next rounds of the playoffs. As such, despite the fact that Nashville usually has a solid squad, they’re not considered the ones to beat in the Western Conference.
One of the more considerable difficulties that the Preds have faced deals with the difficulties of attracting top free agents to a team with a limited budget in a relatively small market. As a result, the Predators typically rely on outstanding defencemen and superlative goaltending to earn points throughout the season. Unfortunately, this approach has had its limitation, place a great deal of pressure on their forwards to score despite lacking top flight scoring talent.
While the Predators do face an uphill battle against established powerhouses on a yearly basis, their blue line and goaltending, comprised of all-stars Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne, gives them at least a fighting chance to make a run to the cup, especially when the team is healthy and firing on all cylinders.