Originally Posted by IslandRed
The Predators have some stuff going for them -- stable coaching, goaltending, and they're relatively young and deep, all of which will help in a compressed season with a short training camp. But they'll miss Suter (he was the one they lost, not Weber) and, as always, they probably don't have enough firepower to get deep into the playoffs. A 6 or 7 seed and first-round exit sounds about right.
Sorry the Weber item was a slip of the tongue!
Preds do have some young talent, and a potential replacement for the big minutes (Josi), but they are always one of those teams that scrapes by with marginal talent up front.
If they go through any kind of scoring drought like the Kings did last year in the first half, they wont win many games no matter how strong their normal goal prevention is.