There is any number of reasons that the Nashville Predators did not make the playoffs this season.
Some players failed to live up to expectations. Others went down for extended periods with injury. There were stretches when goals came in bunches and stretches when they hardly came at all.
Add it up and – quite simply – it was not enough.
With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the notable numbers that help tell the story of Nashville’s 2013-14 season.
0 – shorthanded goals allowed. Colorado allowed one. Ecery other team allowed at least four. The franchise record for fewest allowed in a season was two (2006-07 and 2010-11).
1 – head coach fired. It took 15 seasons and 17 years but the Predators made that move with Barry Trotz a day after the regular season ended.
3 – points, the distance in the standings between Nashville and Dallas, which earned the final Western Conference playoff spot.
4 – players with at least 20 goals this season. Shea Weber, Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist and Mike Fisher added 20. The last time Nashville failed to make the playoffs in an 82-game season (2008-09), only three players scored 20 or more.
4 – consecutive wins, the longest win streak of the season. Six of the Predators’ seven playoff seasons included at least one run of five straight victories or more.
6 – games in which Calle Jarnkrok, acquired from Detroit in the David Legwand trade, had at least one point. Jarnkrok played just 12 contests for Nashville.
7 – goals by Patric Hornqvist in the 10 games since the berth of his child. He had 15 goals in 66 contests prior to the birth.
8 – Western Conference teams against which the Predators went .500 or better in the first season of a new scheduling format. Where they came up short was against Eastern Conference teams.
16 – fights by tough guy Rich Clune (pictured), more than every other player except Vancouver’s Tom Sestito. His fights were divided equally with eight in home games and eight in road games.
20 – wins for goalie Carter Hutton, which made him the fifth different goalie to lead the team in wins. That, however, was the lowest by a Predators leader in an 82-game season since Mike Dunham won 19 in 1999-00.
35 – combined goals by Matt Cullen, Viktor Stalberg, Eric Nystrom and Matt Hendricks, the four free agent forwards signed last offseason. In Nystrom’s case, his 15 were one short of his career-high set in 2011-12.
51 – games that goalie Pekka Rinne missed because of the e. Coli infection in his hip. Nashville was 21-21-9 in those games.
56 – points for defenseman Shea Weber. It was made him the team’s leading scorer. It topped Kimmo Timonen’s 55 in 2006-07 for the most ever by a Nashville defenseman. Was it enough to make him a Norris Trophy finalist or even a winner?
77 – games played by defenseman Seth Jones. That was 11th among all NHL rookies and fourth all-time among Nashville rookies.
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