3 Bold Predictions for the Nashville Predators' 2023-24 Season

Welcome to our new predictions series where we'll make three bold predictions for each NHL team next season. From individual point totals, big trades from GM's or Stanley Cup Playoff success, we'll cover it all as we dive into all 32 teams.
We head to Smashville for today's dance and hit the stage with the Nashville Predators. A team that had an interesting offseason, the Preds look to get back into serious playoff contention in 2023-24. Here's three bold predictions for Nashville next season:

Predators Miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs

After buying out Matt Duchene, moving Ryan Johansen and making a bunch of head-scratching additions this summer, the Preds are once again going to miss the playoffs next season. Their defense is certainly fringe and not very strong, even with Roman Josi on the back end. Juuse Saros will need to stand on his absolute head for the team to even have a chance at sniffing a playoff spot in the west.

Ryan O'Reilly Records Only 50 Points

The Preds big move was signing O'Reilly to a four-year deal for $4.5 million per season. After a playoff in Toronto were ROR admitted he lost touch with his offensive creativity, he now becomes the #1 center in Nashville. Last season was a down year for the former Conn Smythe winner, and while it won't be on that level, thanks to a broken foot and hand, don't expect a massive season from the veteran pivot. O'Reilly will hit 50 points next season.

Preds Finish Last in Team Goals

Frankly, it's going to be a score by committee type of approach for the Predators, which is going to lead to minimal offense. Expect to see Nashville dead last in goal scoring, even with Filip Forsberg returning to the lineup. Besides O'Reilly, the team signed Gustav Nyquist to a multi-year contract, but after that, the offensive depth up front is very weak. They finished 28th last season, expect to see the Preds 32nd in 2023-24. 

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