Team Recap: 33rd-seeded ’06-’07 Nashville Predators

The 33rd-seeded '06-'07 Nashville Predators

The 33rd-seeded ’06-’07 Nashville Predators

  • Jason Arnott (C)
    • 9 GP   4 G   4 A   8 P   +5   30 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • J.P. Dumont (RW)
    • 9 GP   2 G   4 A   6 P   +3   41 S   1* GWG   4 PIM   3 Stars
  • Martin Erat (LW)
    • 9 GP   1 G   4 A   5 P   +4   19 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Peter Forsberg (C)
    • 9 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -4   12 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dan Hamhuis (D)
    • 9 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   -2   12 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Scott Hartnell (RW)
    • 9 GP   5 G   2 A   7 P   +2   25 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Darcy Hordichuk (LW)
    • 9 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -3   2 S   1* GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Paul Kariya (LW)
    • 9 GP   3 G   9 A   12 P   +7   46* S   0 GWG   2 PIM   5 Stars
  • David Legwand (C)
    • 9 GP   7* G   4 A   11 P   +6   39 S   1* GWG   4 PIM   7 Stars
  • Chris Mason (G)
    • 2 GP   0 GS   0-0-0   1.00 GAA   0.953 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Alexander Radulov (RW)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jerred Smithson (C)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Steve Sullivan (RW)
    • 9 GP   2 G   4 A   6 P   +3   24 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Ryan Suter (D)
    • 9 GP   1 G   4 A   5 P   +3   22 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kimmo Timonen (D)
    • 9 GP   3 G   11* A   14* P   +9*   32 S   1* GWG   4 PIM   8* Stars
  • Jordin Tootoo (RW)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Scottie Upshall (RW)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Josef Vasicek (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tomas Vokoun (G)
    • 9 GP   9 GS   4-4-1   2.78 GAA   .915 SV%   1 SO   5 Stars
  • Shea Weber (D)
    • 9 GP   3 G   2 A   5 P   +4   24 S   0 GWG   10* PIM   0 Stars
  • Greg Zanon (D)
    • 8 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 4-4-1
  • Goals Scored: 34
  • Goals/Game: 3.78
  • Goals Allowed: 27
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.00
  • Shots: 334
  • Shots Allowed: 337
  • Shots/Game: 37.1
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 37.4
  • # of PP’s: 16 – Most PP opportunities for a team that did not score a PPG in tournament
  • PPG’s: 0 – 1 of 11 teams to not score a PPG in tourament
  • PP%: 0.0%
  • TSH: 14
  • PPGA: 0 – 1 of 6 teams to not allow a PPG in tournament
  • PK%: 100.0%
  • Penalties in minutes: 42

The ’06-’07 Nashville Predators were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut in the second annual UNP and they had a much tougher path than the ’10-’11 Predators had in the inaugural tournament. Most of that due to Nashville’s overall seed changing from 34 to 33, simply thanks to existing another NHL season and leap-frogging the Quebec Nordiques.

First Round:

Defeated 32nd-seeded ’37-’38 New York Americans, 4-1

Second Round:

Swept by top-seeded ’78-’79 Montreal Canadiens, 4-0

Barry Trotz, of course, was the head coach of the ’06-’07 Predators and he led them to a 51-23-8 record, which was good for 110 points. Nashville finished three points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the Central Division regular season title. So, they had to settle for the 4th seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Much to most people’s surprise, the Predators finished fourth in the league in scoring with 272 goals (3.32/game) while they finished eighth in the league in goals against with 212 (2.59/game). Their strength of schedule was ranked 15th out of 30 teams that year by Hockey Reference and they also posted the highest SRS rating (0.78) in the entire league, according to HR. The Predators went up against a very similar San Jose Sharks team in the Conference Quarterfinals, but lost in five games. It was the third season in a row that Nashville was out after the first round.

The ’06-’07 Predators season was good on the ice, but off the ice, there was some worries. Poor attendance was leaving the door open for possible relocation because of an attendance-based clause in the contract the team had with the city. The city of Nashville would be forced to buy $2 million worth of tickets for the next season if the team could not reach a “paid average” attendance of 14,000. Through 21 home games, they were averaging less than 13,000. The team owner made an announcement that he was looking to sell up to 40% of the team, but he couldn’t find any takers. The attendance problem was solved when the Predators traded for Peter Forsberg from the Philadelphia Flyers as the team announced that they had sold 3,500 tickets the dat after the trade was announced. The Predators would be staying.

On the ice, the team had balanced offensive depth. 32-year-old Paul Kariya was the team’s leading scorer with 76 points in 82 games played. J.P. Dumont finished second with 66 points while longtime Predator, David Legwand was a close third with 63. Nashville had 11 players score more than 10 goals and Legwand was tied with free agent acquisition Jason Arnott at 27 for the goal-scoring lead. Kariya potted 24 himself to finish a close second, but he did lead the team in assists with 52. Dumont, again, was second to Kariya with 45 apples. Jordin Tootoo, not known for his offense, was the only player for the Predators who broke the century mark in penalties in minutes (116). The twine was almost split in half in terms of appearances as Tomas Vokoun appeared 44 times while Chris Mason appeared 40 times. Both posted some very good numbers. Vokoun went 27-12-4 with a 2.40 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. Mason went 24-11-4 with a 2.38 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. With those types of numbers, both Mason and Vokoun posted the two-highest Point Shares on the team with 10.4 and 10.1, respectively. Longtime NHL, now recently retired, defenseman Kimmo Timonen was a close third with a 9.9 Point Share.

Up next are the 32nd-seeded ’37-’38 New York Americans!

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