Better late than never, right? The Nashville Predators fell on bad times last year. Injuries caused them to lose most of their key offensive producers, which reflected in the total goals for at the end of the season, dead last with 111. Also, something I didn't know, the Predators unfortunately had the hardest strength of schedule last season. Add all that up and that sums up to be a pretty bad year.
Take a look at the player's individual stats below.
Mike Fisher was Barry Trotz's go-to guy when healthy. Totaling nineteen minutes on average is a lot for a forward, nonetheless someone who is risking another injury. Fisher is known for his defensive play, and because of his hard backcheck, he generate offense going the other way. Those type of plays don't show up into the game-by-game stats or highlights, but they should.
Pesky Gabriel Bourque was just a goal short of tying the Preds' goal leader last season David Legwand. If he was to play in all 48 games last season, according to the numbers, he would have scored at least fifteen goals, four more than he had.
It is unsurprising that Patric Hornqvist had the most average shots on net the entire season, although most of them were in tight and just hit off the goaltender's leg pads. Standing in front of the net has it's advantages by creating offense.
We all knew Shea Weber was the best defenseman on the roster and these numbers prove it, if there was any doubters…
In case you were wondering what OPS and DPS was, Hockey Reference provided the following stat. OPS, or Offensive Point Sharing, means "an estimate of the number of points contributed by a player due to his offense." DPS, or Defensive Point Sharing, means "an estimate of the number of points contributed by a player due to his defense."
Key: GP-Games Played; PPG-Points Per Game; GPG-Goals Per Game; APG-Assists Per Game; SPG-Shots Per Game; SH%-Shot Percentage; ATOI-Average Time On Ice; OPS-Offensive Point Shares; DPS-Defensive Point Shares
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