Analysis finds Predators among the NHL's 'smartest spenders'

The Nashville Predators have a reputation as a team that needs to pinch pennies.

A Businessweek.com analysis, though, suggests that they know how to stretch a buck.

The website studied the payroll and success of every NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB team over the past five seasons and created an efficiency index, which ranks them every price per victory compared to the average price per victory in their respective leagues.

Although the Predators have not made the playoffs in either of the last two seasons they still were 10th among all NHL teams on the efficiency index. The rest of the top 10 included Chicago (first), Boston (second), Pittsburgh (third) and Los Angeles (fourth), a quartet that accounted for each of the last five Stanley Cups. In fact, Nashville and Washington (eighth) were the only ones among the top 10 that did not make the Cup finals at least once over the five-year period.

Among all 122 franchises in the four major pro sports leagues, Nashville was 40th.

The Tennessee Titans, who have missed the postseason five straight years and had just one winning season in that time, were 85th overall and 23rd among the 32 NFL teams.