To help tide us all over now that the Preds' season is complete, let's take a look back at some of the highlights from the season gone by, working our way up to #1 on a daily basis.
By March 17 of this year, the Nashville Predators had struggled in overtimes, losing six times without having won at all (if they made it to the shootout, however, they did OK). When the Boston Bruins rolled into town for a St. Patrick's Day game, the Preds on the outside of the playoffs looking in, and stood as a pretty average team at that point. With a record of 35-25-10, they had lost just as often as they won.
Having just dropped a 4-2 decision to the L.A. Kings, the projections at the time over at Sports Club Stats had dropped the Preds to under a 50% chance to actually make the playoffs, making a strong effort against the Bruins especially crucial. What followed was a wild affair, an up-and-down game that saw multiple lead changes before David Legwand sent the game to overtime, and a trademark Shea Weber blast finally gave the Predators their first OT win of the season, in Game #71.
From that point on, the Preds went 9-2-1 down the stretch to earn that #5 seed in the West...