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NASHVILLE PREDATORS

LAST SEASON: 47-25-10, 104 points. Second Central Division. Lost to Chicago Blackhawks in Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

COACH: Peter Laviolette (second season, 436-307-25 over 13 NHL seasons).

ADDED: D Barret Jackman, RW Cody Hodgson.

LOST: C Matt Cullen, D Cody Franson, F Mike Santorelli.

PLAYER TO WATCH: RW Filip Forsberg. The Swede played every game of his first full NHL season and scored a franchise-rookie record 63 points with 26 goals and 37 assists. He became the fifth youngest player in NHL history to lead a playoff-bound team in scoring. Can he match, or better, last season?

OUTLOOK: The Predators believe they were so close to beating the eventual Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks last spring with eight players making their post-season debuts, and now they think they are even better positioned for a title run in their second season with Laviolette's system with Jackman bringing his defensive skills to Nashville. They will have a chance to finish strong with eight of their final 12 games on home ice.

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