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Nashville Predators Analysis

Special Teams Focus: Shorthanded Aggression

The Preds’ penalty kill numbers are both buoyed and harmed by their aggressive focus.

If Filip Forsberg is injured, Preds could turn to Kyle Turris

Forsberg did not finish playing in Tuesday’s game against the Golden Knights and is a game-time decision for tonight.

What we know about the Predators two games into the season

Two games down, eighty to go.

Should the Predators be playing Kyle Turris at wing?

Turris has been playing on a line across from Viktor Arvidsson and centered by Ryan Johansen as the Preds get ready for the season. Is that the right move?

Visualization: 2018-2019 Predators 5v4 Shot Map Tool

Like one of those Family Circus maps, but we’re following Jeffy being awful on the power play!

Visualization: 2018-2019 Predators Even Strength Shot Map Tool

Bryan brings us some DIY visualizations.

Power Outage: Five Ways to Fix the Predators’ Power Play

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If it’s broke, it’s probably part of the Predators’ power play.

2016 NHL Draft: Nashville Predators Team Needs

It's that time of year again, folks! Draft coverage is here and we at On the Forecheck are happy to start of this year's coverage with a look into the needs within the Nashville Predators' system.

Special Teams Evaluations & Trends, Part Two

The second part of our two-part series examining the historical context of the epic collapse of the Predators' special teams units this past playoff run (with some suggestions for improvement).

Special Teams Evaluations & Trends, Part 1

The power-play was awful in the playoffs. So was the penalty-kill. In this two-part series, we examine the historical context of just how bad the Predators special teams was and what possible improvements can be made.

Ellis/Bitetto provide stability to Preds defense

It doesn't seem like that sentence would've been uttered at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, but in reality it's a very accurate portrayal of how Nashville's defense works now.

The Final Word: Preds find different ways to win

In this week's The Final Word, we take a look at Nashville's ability to rattle off wins in different fashion this past week, my five points across the league and my say on the Vesey saga.

Preds in great shape heading into final 10 games

Crazy to think that Nashville would be able to fix its issues from earlier in the season and sit where they sit now with 10 games left in the season, but here we are!

Wilson May Never Become What Preds Envisioned

Sometimes you look at a relationship and go, "it's not perfect and it's not what I hoped it would be, but I think I can make it work." That's now the case between the Predators and Colin Wilson.

Don't Be Worried About Johansen's Play

The budding franchise center hasn't been filling up the score sheet recently, but there shouldn't be cause for much concern.

Mattias Ekholm Misses Out on Call from Sweden

It's not a surprise, but the Nashville defender has at least grown his stock over the past few years.

Should the Preds Pursue a Goaltender?

Is it time to seek help from a netminder outside the organization?

Nashville Predators Trade Targets

If the Predators are so inclined to make a trade before the deadline, there are some options available to them.

Pipeline Prospectus: Jimmy Vesey Edition

January was somewhat of an uneventful month in the way of Nashville Predators prospects so I decided to devote this Predators Pipeline Prospectus entirely to one of the brightest prospects in the system: Jimmy Vesey.

Preds Find Defensive Balance After Losing Jones

The biggest question for Nashville was who would replace Jones on the blue line and how would Nashville finagle things around after his departure.

All-Star Break Comes at Good Time for Preds

Players welcome the rest even though it comes in the middle of their best stretch of play this year.

Who Rides Shotgun with Joey and Neal?

When Ryan Johansen got traded to the Preds it was obvious he was going to be paired alongside former 40-goal scorer James Neal. That has combo hasn't come into question since the outset. What has come into question is who will play with those two.

Hutton Finding Groove Despite Sporadic Starts

It's not often I'll be the first admit that stats can sometimes be misleading when it comes to goaltenders. Especially when it comes to Carter Hutton.

Pekka Rinne's Poor Performance

Lately, Nashville's star netminder has not been performing up to his usual standards.

The Makings of a Frustrating, Scoreless Slump

A carousel of line combinations, poor performance from Pekka Rinne, and really, really bad luck.

Faceoffs, Puck Possession and the Predators

Will Nashville's continuing struggles in the circle have an effect going forward?

The Eye Test: Is There Already an Answer at Center

The question burning through the Nashville Predators broadcasts, airwaves, podcasts and message boards... perhaps there is a simpler answer.

Troubling Trends: Undefeated, Yet Mediocre

How the Preds are currently playing won't help them as the season goes on, but they're still winning games right now.

Ask The Staff: Trading Shea Weber

FRIDAY SOCIAL! Our friend Josh Cooper wrote an opus for Puck Daddy stating some opinions that we've been going over in every comment section since last summer. We're using this opportunity to review his piece and spout off our own #HOTSPORTSTAEKS.

The Logjam on the Bottom Six

Nashville has lost several players from last year's roster, but there are almost too many ready to take their place.

Shea Weber May Have Started Declining

Being on the cusp of his 30th birthday in a few weeks, it could be time to consider that he may have already passed the prime of his career without many of us realizing it.

To Praise And/Or Criticize the Preds' Offseason

David Poile and the gang drafted this year with a nearly singular focus, and then addressed some roster holes via free agency. Is it enough? And are the pieces the correct ones?

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