To life long fans of the team, it will come as no surprise that the Nashville Predators have never had a 40 goal scorer in their history.
The early years with Barry Trotz, for all their defensive accolades, struggled to score goals on a consistent basis. And even when the team found some offense, it was through a more balanced approach with guys like Paul Kariya, J.P. Dumont, Steve Sullivan, and Jason Arnott. To that end, Arnott’s season record of 33 goals stood for 10 years, narrowly exceeded by Viktor Arvidsson’s 34 goals last year.
In the Peter Laviolette era (2014 – present), the Predators have had some of their best offensive seasons in team history, though again it’s been more about balance than about one prolific goal scorer.
But Filip Forsberg could change that.
Preds could finally have a 40 goal scorer
With eight goals so far, Filip Forsberg has a legitimate chance at scoring 40 goals this year. This despite missing six games already with an undisclosed injury and with only 65 games left in the regular season.
But what does the path look like to get there?
First, the fact that he has a new dynamic playmaking center in Matt Duchene in town helps tremendously. Ryan Johansen is an excellent center as well, but having both Johansen and Duchene helps Forsberg by getting him even more looks from dangerous areas. Regardless of which line he plays on (he’s played on both so far) he has a chance to score goals.
The other thing to consider is that Forsberg has yet to put up a multi goal game this year. He’s had at least four multi-goal games every season since 2015 and he had six multi-goal games last year.
Multi-goal games by Filip Forsberg in his career:
He has none so far in 19/20 and is still tied for the #Preds lead in goals (8) with Nick Bonino.
— Alex Daugherty (@AlexDaugherty1) November 10, 2019
Since he hasn’t had any so far, he’s due.
These multi-goal games are a big part of hitting the 30- and 40-goal marks for a goal scorer. You are going to have games where you get shutout on the scoreboard, so you need some 2- and 3-goal games to make up for it.
Finally, Forsberg has the highest goals per game average in his career right now at .73, better than the .57 mark he hit in 2017-18. He probably won’t maintain that mark all season. If he eventually drops to around his career average, he will finish with around 33 goals. But if he can generate goals at around the same mark he hit in 2017-18, he should get to 40 goals easily.
Get Them Digits
- 9 — goals by the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, the most goals the Preds have ever allowed in a hockey game
- 3.82 — the Preds’ goals per game average, good for 2nd in the NHL
- 10 — the number of penalties drawn by Matt Duchene at even strength, which leads the team
- 13 — the number of takeaways by Nick Bonino, which also leads the team
- 58% — Bonino’s faceoff percentage so far, best among all centers on the team
GIF Me That Good Stuff
Here’s Filip Forsberg owning Erik Karlsson and roofing home a shot to put the Preds on the board.
Filip Forsberg is not human. #Preds
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) November 10, 2019
Preds Quote of the Week
— the entire Nashville Predators team after losing 9-4 in Colorado
(This is based on a report that the team’s charter plane leaving Colorado was completely silent following the awful result against the Avalanche. Not sure if this is because they were so angry about what happened they didn’t want to talk to one another or if they were so confused as to what happened they forgot how to speak.)
Let’s Do That Hockey
Only two Preds games on the schedule this week.
- Tuesday November 12th @ Vancouver Canucks (9:00 PM; FS-TN)
- Saturday November 16th vs Chicago Blackhawks (7:00 PM; FS-TN)
On this week’s episode of the Preds Nashcast, Link and I discuss whether Peter Laviolette has an “expiration date” in Nashville. This is based on a running theory about Laviolette as a coach, applying his past experiences in Carolina and Philadelphia to his supposed future in Nashville.
Here’s what we had to say:
We also discuss what a strange last couple of weeks it has been for the Nashville Predators, plus we take on Canada and boring hockey players in this week’s “Dumbest Thing In Hockey Right Now”.
— Featured image via John Hefti/USA TODAY Sports —