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Nashville Predators |
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2000-2001 Schedule |
1999-2000 Player Stats
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|1999-2000 Stat Leaders|
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Don't look now, but there's an outside chance the Predators could find
themselves knocking on the playoff door. Not bad for a franchise just two years
removed from expansion status.
Nashville improved by seven points (63 to 70) last season, finishing 17 points
out of a postseason position. If more things fall into place this year -- young
players like David Legwand continue to grow, a shaky defensive corps jells --
coach Barry Trotz may get the playoff exposure he
The team must improve upon a league fourth-worst 199 goals. Most of the
production came from the top line of Greg Johnson, Patric Kjellberg and Cliff
Ronning (60 goals, 92 assists). Forwards Sebastien Bordeleau, Legwand, Ville
Peltonen, Randy Robitaille, Scott Walker and Vitali Yachmenev will have to
For more on the Predators, bookmark this page and check back Wednesday, Oct. 11 for a Sports Illustrated Scouting Report.
| BRIGHT SPOTS
|| GRAY AREAS |
The power play came to life in the first 50 games, registering a 17.3 percent
success rate. Much of it had to do with defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who
The goaltending duo of Mike Dunham and Tomas Vokoun, who are also tennis
buddies, gives the team a chance to compete every
Not sure how to interpret this, but only four players remain from the team's
expansion draft. Hey, they have gotten
Nashville's 3-3-1 record in the exhibition season is cause for optimism. OK, so it's not much to be excited. But it is something.
The Predators operated at an eight percent success rate on the power play over
the final 30 games -- even with Timonen sidelined intermittently with injuries.
Besides defensemen Bill Houlder and Cale Hulse, there isn't much experience on
the blue line.
Ronning led the team with 26 goals, followed by Kjellberg's 23. Eight players
finished in the
The Predators scored 41 fewer goals than they gave up (245). Every playoff
team had a positive ratio.
Timonen's unsigned, although the Predators did recently offer him a new deal.
||Fort Wayne (UHL)
Brian Finley, G, 6'2", 180
Born: July 3, 1981 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Acquired: 1999 draft,
first round (No. 6 overall)
A potential franchise player, the 19-year-old
Finley has a résumé that virtually ensures his "can't miss" status. In
'98 he earned a place on the OHL All-Rookie Team and was named the OHL Goalie of
the Year. He's a butterfly-style netminder who has top-notch
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Sat., Oct. 7 at Pittsburgh: Season opener is a matinee session at
Pittsburgh. Teams split the series last year (1-1).
Mon., Dec. 4 at Vancouver: Begin a four-game trip out West that sees them play three games in
Mon., Jan. 8 at Vancouver: Less than a month off their first trip West, the Predators do it
again. This journey again starts in Vancouver and ends in San Jose, with four games in
Tues., March 6 at Phoenix: Five-game West Coast trip could decide team's playoff fate.
"One little guy asked if we had cars in Canada, or if we just used
snowmobiles and dogs."
--Tough guy Brant Myhres, who was on a caravan through Tennessee to promote
Team-by-team previews compiled by CNNSI.com's Ken Klavon, Jamie MacDonald and Jimmy Traina.
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