2. Nashville Predators
An off-season from Pekka Rinne (whether he was hurt or not) really hurt the Predators chances. So did the loss or Ryan Suter to free agency. However, a resurgence of Rinne and the addition of Seth Jones and Filip Forsberg helps the Preds in all 3 areas of the ice and although they missed the playoffs by 14 points, they should return to the dance again. The new divisional alignment also helps, since only 3 of the 7 teams in the new-look Central division made the playoffs last season. They might not have enough offensive presence yet to be a real threat in the postseason, but they are a good bet to make it there.