When the Nashville Predators print their 2015-16 media guide this fall, there’ll be quite a few changes to the 'Team History & Records’ section of the publication.
From Filip Forsberg’s seemingly endless string of rookie achievements to the hundreds of thousands of fans who took in a contest at Bridgestone Arena this season, the 2014-15 campaign was full of feats for the Preds.
Over the course of 82 games, it’s easy for the numbers to become jumbled. But those digits which are most impressive deserve to be recognized once more.
9. The Predators tied their franchise record for goals in a single game when they defeated the Maple Leafs in Toronto by a 9-2 final back on Nov. 18. Fifteen Predators recorded at least a point in the contest; nine players had multi-point outings. In all, 26 points (9g, 17a) were recorded by Nashville skaters, with Shea Weber (3a) and Taylor Beck (2g, 1a) leading the way with three points apiece.
20. Craig Smith and Colin Wilson both hit the 20-goal mark this season, the first time that the Preds have had two homegrown 20-goal scorers in a season. Smith finished the campaign with 23 tallies, one shy of his career high, and added two more goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Wilson hit an even 20 goals in 2014-15, before potting five in the postseason.
30. The Preds sold out 30 of 41 regular season home games, a new franchise record. One of those sellouts, a Dec. 30 contest against St. Louis, set a new single-game, hockey-attendance record at Bridgestone Arena with 17,401 on hand to see the Predators defeat the Blues.
32. Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette won his first two games behind the bench with his new club. Those victories, career wins No. 390 and 391 for Laviolette, placed him 32nd on the NHL head coaching all-time wins list, passing Hall of Fame bench boss, Fred Shero.
43. Thanks to a fast start right from the first puck drop, Nashville tied or set a number of records when it came to recording wins. Perhaps most notably, it took the Preds just 43 games to reach the 30-win plateau, the best mark in club history. The Predators also hit 40 wins in just 60 games, also a franchise record.
47. In his first season in Nashville, Preds center Mike Ribeiro enjoyed a successful offensive campaign. Ribeiro solidified his spot in the team’s record books when he set a new record for most assists in a single season by a Predators center with 47. Ribeiro also became the first Nashville skater to reach the 60-point mark since the 2008-09 campaign.
63. While Ribeiro was the first to 60, it was ultimately rookie sensation Filip Forsberg who led the Preds in scoring with 63 points, setting the club record for points in a season by a first-year player. The Swede also became the first rookie in Preds history to score 20 goals, as well as setting the franchise record for consecutive games with a point by a rookie. Forsberg scored in seven consecutive contests from Oct. 31 to Nov. 13, recording 13 points (7g-6a), including a six-game goal streak (also a Preds rookie record). Forsberg also represented the Preds at the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, becoming the first Preds player to score in an All-Star Game when he tallied twice for Team Toews.
200. Goaltender Pekka Rinne, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as Goaltender of the Year, earned his 200th career victory, all with the Predators, on March 14th at Los Angeles. In 2014-15, Rinne became the fastest goaltender to reach 30 wins since the NHL adopted the shootout in 2005-06, requiring just 39 outings to attain the feat.
1,171. Predators General Manager David Poile won his 1,171st game as an NHL GM on Dec. 16 against Boston to pass Harry Sinden and place second in all-time victories by a general manager, trailing only Rangers GM Glen Sather. Poile is the third-longest tenured general manager in League history, having been at the helm of a franchise for 33 consecutive seasons with the Capitals and the Predators.
691,028. Playing to over 98 percent capacity this season, 691,028 fans attended a Preds game at Bridgestone Arena in 2014-15, a new franchise record. The Arena averaged 16,854 fans in attendance, which is second only to the shortened season of 2012-13.