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

Thursday, 09.30.2010 / 12:10 PM CT / Training Camp Central
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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.

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 - 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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33