Hockey Prospectus is publishing a series of posts on each division this summer. For those that do not know, Hockey Prospectus uses advanced stats to predict the success of each team and player. Here is the post on the Central Division.
This was also featured as an ESPN insider article. The only difference was that Custance provided a brief write-up on Elkholm.
They didn't waste much time with their outlook for the Predators.
With career seasons from virtually every member of the team, the Nashville Predators rode extremely fortunate shooting percentages to advance out of the first round for the second straight season, leading those who don't follow the team closely to assume they were a team on the rise.
Unfortunately things were trending down in Nashville in way you don't need advanced statistics to determine. Playing most of their games in their own zone and/or without the puck, it is only a matter of time before the Predators cool off, potentially out of the playoff picture altogether.
They also took a pretty good shot at Mike Fisher. The article is very short, but I think it is the same things we have heard about this team for a while now. Dirk has pointed out the same exact issue surrounding the Predators shooting percentages. This team has got to find a way to become a better puck possession team.
What are your thoughts on the Article? Is it "This article is right on the money." or " Who cares it is just advanced stats."?