After run to Stanley Cup, Predators trying to find their 2017-18 identity


SportsPulse: NHL insider Kevin Allen looks at the teams that should be concerned with their play early in the season.

With the Nashville Predators ranking 25th with a 2.56 goals-per-game scoring average, it is easy to see they miss James Neal’s offensive touch.

Perhaps no team feels the impact of their expansion draft loss more than the Predators, who are 4-3-2. Neal’s 27-goals-per-season average would be a major help right about now.

“But I do think this is the first time the NHL got the expansion correct,” Predators general manager David Poile said, “because we were fair with the expansion team.”

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