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10th: Franchise Awarded

Monday, 02.25.2008 / 7:15 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Sarah Ryan  - Nashville Predators
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10th: Franchise Awarded
May 4, 1998

On May 4, 1998 -- in a city where honkytonks surely outnumbered sports bars -- Nashville, Tennessee officially became the home to the National Hockey League’s newest expansion team.

For former Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold, bringing the NHL’s 27th franchise to Nashville was a no-brainer. At the time, Nashville was one of the fastest growing markets in the United States and, with the addition of the Nashville Arena, seemed like the perfect home for a professional hockey team.

With Leipold’s vision, dedication, and enthusiasm, Nashville welcomed their new team, and the Predators became the first expansion team in history to sell 12,000 season tickets six months before they even played a single game.

Since arriving in Nashville, the Predators have enjoyed 10 successful years, growing as a franchise and continuing to gain more recognition as a young, dynamic hockey club. With a strong organization behind them and a passionate fan base supporting them, the Predators hope to spend many more seasons in Music City, lighting the lamp and going for the goal.

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 10 3 5 6 8
S. Weber 10 3 4 -4 7
R. Johansen 10 3 4 1 7
R. Josi 10 0 7 -3 7
M. Ekholm 10 3 2 3 5
J. Neal 10 3 1 -2 4
M. Fisher 10 2 2 -2 4
F. Forsberg 10 2 2 -7 4
R. Ellis 10 0 3 1 3
C. Smith 7 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 5 5 0 .920 2.33
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00