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Nashville has finally won their first playoff series. Now that the wait and weight is over and off of them, there is no reason to think that they can’t keep going.
They are not an offensive-minded team, as they only ranked 23rd in goals per game this year at 2.56.
They finished the season on an uptick though, and continued that in the first round. They came out swinging against the Anaheim Ducks and averaged 3.65 goals against them.
The Predators strong suit is their defense, as they are lead by Ryan Sutter and Norris finalist Shea Weber. They helped lead the team to the second best goals against average during the regular season.
In net the Predators have Pekka Rinne, who played amazing throughout the season as he finished third in goals against average. While he did not have the best first round series, he was able to help his team win.
They were 6-6 against, Vancouver, San Jose and Detroit, the top three seeds in the West. Three of those losses were in overtime. They also were able to shutout both Vancouver and Detroit.
Although in new territory, they will not be intimidated against any of those teams. They have a tough draw in Vancouver, but many a series has been won by a hot goalie. Rinne is very capable of being that goalie.