LAST SEASON: 41-27-14, 96 points. Fourth in Central Division. Lost to San Jose Sharks in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Peter Laviolette (third season, 15th NHL season).
ADDED: D P.K. Subban, D Matt Carle and D Yannick Weber.
LOST: D Shea Weber, G Carter Hutton and D Barret Jackman.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Subban. The $9 million-per-year defenseman arrived June 29 in a trade that sent captain Shea Weber to Montreal. Subban is seen as an offensive upgrade. His speed and skill with the puck is a much better match for Laviolette’s approach, giving the Predators a chance to score more points in the very competitive Central Division.
OUTLOOK: Stanley Cup Finals is a reasonable prediction. The Predators have made some big moves revamping this roster over the past two seasons with Subban easily the biggest yet. The Predators are banking on more offense helping them earn home-ice advantage after back-to-back seven-game series against California teams as the West’s first wild card last spring.
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