NHL-leading Predators maintaining perspective but enjoying success – The Tennessean


The Predators are tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning with 100 points, but have played one fewer game. Adam Vingan/USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) is congratulated by defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) after their 3-1 win over the Jets on Tuesday.(Photo: George Walker IV / Tennessean.com)

Until recently, the Predators‘ list of major franchise accomplishments was modest at best. 

Before reaching the Stanley Cup Final last season, there wasn’t a remarkable achievement on their resume. Even after that, it’s still pretty bare. 

The Predators never have won a Central Division title. They’ve challenged for the Presidents’ Trophy a few times in their history but haven’t earned it. The absence of a championship is obvious. 

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But based on their continued dominance this season, there’s a real possibility that the Predators, who lead their division and the NHL, could pull off all three by June. 

“It’s a goal that we can say out loud,” Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said. “It’s something that we haven’t done before here. That would mean a lot to all of us. … There’s not too many banners in here, and that would be great. I think that’s our goal, and obviously right now, things are going (well) for us.” 

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By disposing of the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday behind a first-period blitz, the Predators increased their Central Division lead to eight points with a game in hand. Unless Nashville suffers an unlikely collapse, that should be locked up.

The Predators, who have won 11 of 12, also reached the 100-point threshold for the sixth time, outdoing

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