2017–18 Nashville Predators season

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2017–18 Nashville Predators
Central Division champions
Division1st Central
Conference1st Western
2017–18 record53–18–11
Home record28–9–4
Road record25–9–7
Goals for267
Goals against211
Team information
General ManagerDavid Poile
CoachPeter Laviolette
CaptainRoman Josi
Alternate captainsMattias Ekholm
Ryan Ellis
Filip Forsberg
Ryan Johansen
ArenaBridgestone Arena
Minor league affiliate(s)Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
Norfolk Admirals (ECHL) Until November 28, 2017
Team leaders
GoalsViktor Arvidsson (29)
AssistsP. K. Subban (43)
PointsFilip Forsberg (64)
Penalty minutesAustin Watson (123)
Plus/minusFilip Forsberg (+27)
WinsPekka Rinne (42)
Goals against averagePekka Rinne (2.31)

The 2017–18 Nashville Predators season was the 20th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 25, 1997. The team reached the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, and won the Central Division as well as winning the Presidents' Trophy for the first time in franchise history. However, the Predators were eliminated from Stanley Cup contention in the Second Round of the playoffs by the Winnipeg Jets in seven games.[1]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Central Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Nashville Predators 82 53 18 11 47 267 211 +56 117
2 x – Winnipeg Jets 82 52 20 10 48 277 218 +59 114
3 x – Minnesota Wild 82 45 26 11 42 253 232 +21 101
4 x – Colorado Avalanche 82 43 30 9 41 257 237 +20 95
5 St. Louis Blues 82 44 32 6 41 226 222 +4 94
6 Dallas Stars 82 42 32 8 38 235 225 +10 92
7 Chicago Blackhawks 82 33 39 10 32 229 256 −27 76
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Central Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Nashville Predators 82 53 18 11 47 267 211 +56 117
2 x – Winnipeg Jets 82 52 20 10 48 277 218 +59 114
3 x – Minnesota Wild 82 45 26 11 42 253 232 +21 101
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Top 3 (Pacific Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Vegas Golden Knights 82 51 24 7 47 272 228 +44 109
2 x – Anaheim Ducks 82 44 25 13 40 235 216 +19 101
3 x – San Jose Sharks 82 45 27 10 40 252 229 +23 100
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Western Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 PA x – Los Angeles Kings 82 45 29 8 43 239 203 +36 98
2 CE x – Colorado Avalanche 82 43 30 9 41 257 237 +20 95
3 CE St. Louis Blues 82 44 32 6 41 226 222 +4 94
4 CE Dallas Stars 82 42 32 8 38 235 225 +10 92
5 PA Calgary Flames 82 37 35 10 35 218 248 −30 84
6 PA Edmonton Oilers 82 36 40 6 31 234 263 −29 78
7 CE Chicago Blackhawks 82 33 39 10 32 229 256 −27 76
8 PA Vancouver Canucks 82 31 40 11 31 218 264 −46 73
9 PA Arizona Coyotes 82 29 41 12 27 208 256 −48 70
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The preseason schedule was published on June 19, 2017.[2]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season schedule was released on June 22, 2017.[3][4]

2017–18 game log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

2018 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Final Stats[5]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular season[5]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Pekka Rinne 59 59 3,476:00 42 13 4 134 2.31 1706 .927 8 0 1 6
Juuse Saros 26 23 1,497:00 11 5 7 61 2.44 749 .925 3 0 2 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Pekka Rinne 13 13 685 7 6 35 3.07 363 .904 2 0 0 0
Juuse Saros 4 0 114 0 0 2 1.05 42 .952 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Predators. Stats reflect time with the Predators only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Predators only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Transactions[edit]

The Predators have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017–18 season.