The Nashville Predators are, by far, the hottest team in the NHL after winning their tenth straight game Thursday night, beating Anaheim 4-2.
After the trade deadline last month, the Predators have put themselves in a situation where they can afford (and are forced) to sit a 20-goal caliber scorer each night. Craig Smith and Kevin Fiala have both been healthy scratches since the addition of Ryan Hartman at the deadline. It’s a luxury that not many other pro-sports teams can understand.
If you take a look at the NHL’s overall standings, the Preds are right up there, only trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning by one point for the season.
I think the Nashville Predators are the best team in hockey right now. This team is better and deeper than the squad that won the Western Conference last summer, falling two games short of winning the Stanley Cup.
Sure, I (or anyone with a google machine) can say the Preds are the best team in the NHL during a ten game winning streak. That’s easy. But, this one stat really shows off how impressive this team has been the entire season.
Props to DC Roberts for bringing this to my attention.
With 15 games left, @PredsNHL have lost 7 times in regulation to the current teams in the playoffs this year. That is the fewest regulation losses of all current playoff teams. Their 10 total losses to current playoff teams is also a @nhl best. @PenaltyBoxRadio @justinbbradford
— DC (@TempestHelix) March 9, 2018
Boston and Winnipeg are the next behind Nashville with eight regulation losses to current playoff teams.
The Predators aren’t just feeding off the worst teams in the league. They’re consistently beating the other top teams in the NHL.
Nashville has a 21-7-3 record against teams currently in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff picture. Against last season’s 15 other playoff teams, the Preds have a 24-8-3 record this year.
Currently the Predators are on pace for 118 points this season – which would be the most for a Western Conference team since 2014. That would also match the Washington Capitals point total from last season, which led the NHL.
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