After making the playoffs in seven of eight seasons from 2003-04 to 2011-12, a stretch that hasn’t been approached by any other late-1990s or early-2000s expansion team, the Nashville Predators have found themselves outside the playoffs for two straight seasons. As is frequently the case, disappointing results led to change. Gone is Barry Trotz, the only head coach the organization has known in its 15 season history. Replacing Trotz is Peter Laviolette, who’s had some success in his own right. Coach Laviolette won the AHL’s Calder Cup with the Providence Bruins in the Predators’ inaugural 1998-99 season. Since then, he’s make the Stanley Cup Final as bench boss of the Hurricanes in 2005-06 and the Flyers in 2009-10, winning the prize with the Hurricanes club. Laviolette inherits a roster with a lot of young talent, headlined by 20-year old defenseman Seth Jones, who had a very solid rookie campaign with the Preds. It’s Laviolette’s job to lead the young core back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
According to TiqIQ, the average price for home Nashville Predators tickets over the 2014-15 season is $94.24 on the secondary market. That mark represents nearly a 50% increase over 2013-14 prices, reflecting the expectations for the young core to grow. The most popular game on the Nashville schedule is a December 6th matchup against the divisional rival Chicago Blackhawks. The average price for the Saturday game is $168.28 with get-in price of $50. Another popular matchup is against the Flyers, December 27th. Tickets for the matchup against the team that fired Peter Laviolette a few games into 2013-14 average $149.68 on the secondary market.
The Predators made a significant effort to improve their depth this summer, adding James Neal, Mike Ribeiro, Olli Jokinen and Derek Roy to the 2013-14 club which missed playoff placement by three points. It’s their goal to avoid a similar fate in 2014-15.