Team Recap: 34th-Seeded ’10-’11 Nashville Predators

The #34 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '10-'11 Nashville Predators.

The #34 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’10-’11 Nashville Predators.

  • Jonathon Blum (D)
    • 18 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • J.P. Dumont (RW)
    • 18 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   -1   34 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Martin Erat (RW)
    • 18 GP   5 G   10 A   15 P   +4   39 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   5 Stars
  • Mike Fisher (C)
    • 18 GP   7 G   6 A   13 P   +10   55 S   3 GWG   6 PIM   4 Stars
  • Cody Franson (D)
    • 18 GP   1 G   6 A   7 P   +4   38 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   3 Stars
  • Marcel Goc (C)
    • 18 GP   1 G   4 A   5 P   -3   33 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Patric Hornqvist (RW)
    • 18 GP   5 G   7 A   12 P   +9   85 S   2 GWG   8 PIM   6 Stars
  • Kevin Klein (D)
    • 18 GP   1 G   8 A   9 P   +11   24 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   1 Stars
  • Sergei Kostitsyn (LW)
    • 18 GP   3 G   13 A   16 P   +10   29 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   5 Stars
  • David Legwand (C)
    • 18 GP   8 G   5 A   13 P   +4   48 S   4 GWG   2 PIM   4 Stars
  • Anders Lindback (G)
    • 3 GP   0-0-0   0.67 GAA   .955 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Shane O’Brien (D)
    • 18 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   Even   19 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Pekka Rinne (G)
    • 18 GP   11-7-0   2.61 GAA   .915 SV%   1 SO   16 Stars
  • Jerred Smithson (RW)
    • 17 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Nick Spaling (C)
    • 18 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -2   20 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Steve Sullivan (LW)
    • 18 GP   2 G   7 A   9 P   +4   31 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   1 Stars
  • Alexander Sulzer (D)
    • 17 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +1   2 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ryan Suter (D)
    • 18 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   -6   12 S   0 GWG   16 PIM   1 Stars
  • Jordin Tootoo (RW)
    • 18 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -3   26 S   1 GWG   8 PIM   0 Stars
  • Joel Ward (RW)
    • 18 GP   3 G   4 A   7 P   -2   46 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   6 Stars
  • Shea Weber (D)
    • 18 GP   7 G   11 A   18 P   +9   138 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   6 Stars
  • Colin Wilson (C)
    • 18 GP   2 G   4 A   6 P   -3   29 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 11-7-0
  • Goals Scored: 54
  • Goals/Game: 3.00
  • Goals Allowed: 50
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.78
  • Shots: 715
  • Shots Allowed: 667
  • Shots/Game: 39.7
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 37.1
  • # of PP’s: 32
  • PPG’s: 1
  • PP%: 3.1%
  • TSH: 24
  • PPGA: 5
  • PK%: 79.2%
  • Penalties in minutes: 72

If this team was going to make a run, I knew it was going to be because of their goaltending. Pekka Rinne is SOOOOO good. However, he struggled in their first round matchup here and the Predators needed to make a big comeback to just get out of that first round. They eventually did and made it all the way to Game 7 in the third round before they were eliminated, but did pull off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.

1st Round:

Defeated 31st-seeded ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets, 4-3, after being down 3-1

2nd Round:

Swept 2nd-seeded ’61-’62 Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-0

3rd Round:

Lost to 18th-seeded ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks, 4-3, after leading 3-2

The ’10-’11 Predators finished with a record of 44-27-11, which was good for 99 points and 2nd in the Central Division. They were ranked 21st in the league in goals for with 219 and were 2nd in the league in goals against with 194. Hockey Reference ranked the Nashville’s strength of schedule at 16th toughest in the league, and their SRS rating system had the Preds as the eighth best team in the league that year. They began the playoffs by dispatching of the Anaheim Ducks in six games in the Conference Quarterfinals. This CRAZY goal was a part of that series. Then, in the Conference Semifinals, Nashville was defeated by the Vancouver Canucks in six games.

This team, much like many Nashville teams, flat out did not have a good offense. Partially due to head coach Barry Trotz‘s system. Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn were tied for the team lead in scoring with 50 points each. Erat did that in just 64 games played and Sergei did it in 77 games. Defenseman Shea Weber and Patric Hornqvist were tied for second in scoring with 48 points. Sergei was also the team’s leading goal-scorer with 23 and Hornqvist was second with 21. Erat was tied for third in goals with David Legwand with 17. Defenseman Ryan Suter posted a team-high 35 assists and Erat and Weber were second and third in assists with 33 and 32, respectively. Suter and Erat were also first and second on the team in plus/minus with ratings of +20 and +14, respectively. Legwand was third in plus/minus with a +13 rating. During the playoffs, the Preds had a surprise points leader in Joel Ward who posted seven goals and six assists for 13 points in their 12 playoff games. Goaltending has always been very good for Nashville and they had, and still have, one of the best in the world. Pekka Rinne made 64 appearances during the regular season and posted a 2.12 goals against average and a .930 save percentage with six shutouts. Despite making it to Conference Semifinals, Rinne did not have that good of a postseason as he posted a 2.57 goals against average a .907 save percentage.

Up next is the #35 seed, the ’08-’09 Minnesota Wild!

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