NHL.com: Preds need more offense in 2010-11

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NHL.com: Preds need more offense in 2010-11
The Nashville Predators played a disciplined game in 2009-10. Now, their forwards must find a way to create more offense to help the likes of Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne.
The Nashville Predators played a disciplined game in 2009-10. Now, their forwards must find a way to create more offense to help the likes of Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne.

Advantage Margin: +28
No team was more disciplined at home than the Predators, who earned 141 power plays at home while allowing a League-low 113. On the road, Nashville had 145 advantages and allowed the same number.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -13
The Predators reached the 100-point mark for the first time in franchise history despite a poor showing by their special teams. The power play was just 24th and scored only 41 times, while the penalty-killers were 28th and surrendered 59 goals on only 258 attempts.   

Goals by defensemen: 36   
Nearly half of Nashville's production from the blue line came from new captain Shea Weber, who pumped home 16 goals. No other returning defenseman scored more than four times.

Overtime Record
Total: 14-2-4
OT: 6-2 SO: 8-4
The Preds were terrific in shootouts at home (6-2), while dominating in overtime on the road (5-1). Goaltender Pekka Rinne went 6-3 in shootouts while stopping 34 of 45 shots, a .756 save percentage.

Times Scored First: 35 Record: 28-6-1
The Predators did do a good job converting first goals into wins (.800); they just didn't score first all that often -- especially at home, where they did it only 15 times, matching Toronto for the fewest in the League.

Best 09-10 Number: 18-7-5
Nashville's record in games tied after two periods. The Predators were by far the League leaders in winning games that were tied after 40 minutes (Washington was next with 14), and were also tops in games that were even entering the third period with 30.

Worst 09-10 Number: 5
Victories by the Predators in games decided by three or more goals, the fewest in the NHL. Nashville was just 5-10 in blowouts, though their total of 15 such games was also the lowest in the League.
    
Scheduling
The Predators are set up for a fast start, with five of their first six games at home. They play nine of 10 on the road from late October through late November, play their last six games in January away from home, but finish with 12 of their last 15 at Bridgestone Arena. 

Author: John Kreiser | NHL.com Columnist

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61