4 Big Questions for the Nashville Predators in 2020-21

Nashville Predators (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
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Ryan Johansen (92), Matt Duchene (95)
Ryan Johansen #92 and Matt Duchene #95 of the Nashville Predators. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) /

1. Can the Big Guns deliver in all areas in 2020-21?

As we’ve mentioned a lot already in this Season Preview, the Nashville Predators have severely underachieved despite boasting a roster that is loaded with firepower.

From Matt Duchene to Filip Forsberg to Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson, the Predators should have one of the best-ranked forward groups in the entire National Hockey League.

Instead, they ranked 16th in Goals For Per Game (3.07) in 2019-20, while not one forward reached 50 or more points, with the only player on the team to crack 50 being defenseman Roman Josi, who won the Norris Trophy thanks to a stellar 65-point (16 G, 49 A) season.

Forsberg led all team forwards in points with 48 (21 G, 27 A) while Matt Duchene was just behind him with 42 (13 G, 29 A), but Johansen only put up 36 points (14 G, 22 A) in 68 regular-season games which isn’t good enough for a top-line center.

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Filip Forsberg #9 and Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Arvidsson also had a difficult year with 28 points (15 G, 13 A) in 57 games, and the Nashville Predators will need a lot more from their stars if they are to challenge the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars in the Central Division.

Duchene, who has an AAV of $8 million, will need to put up a lot more goals this season than the 13 he delivered in 2019-20, while Johansen, who also earns $8 million per year, needs a huge bounce-back year too.

Nashville also needs their most potent weapons to deliver more on the power play, a unit that ranked 25th (17.3%) last year, with Josi doing most of the heavy lifting with 23 points on the man advantage – Forsberg was second on the team in PP points with 14.

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It goes without saying that if the Nashville Predators are to finally live up to their potential and embark on a deep postseason run, then they will need their biggest stars and their top earners to start living up to their reputations and start delivering the goods in 2020-21.

Or else it could lead to an ugly offseason for this franchise.