If the Predators can retain a key offensive threat, they can let other top guys walk
Plugging Holes -- Nashville Predators
The Hole: Offense in general
The Predators finished 17th in even-strength offense last year with a minus-0.6 GVT and were 18th in goals per game with 2.65. While Nashville received contributions on offense from some of their stars, they will need to improve at scoring if they plan to finally get over the first-round hump in the playoffs that they've had trouble overcoming the past few seasons.
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