The Nashville Predators are pretty confident considering their season came to its earliest end since missing the 2014 postseason when Barry Trotz was allowed to leave. The Predators insist they liked how they played despite losing their best-of-five qualifying series to Arizona in four games. Foward Filip Forsberg said they earned their first-round exit a year ago but played well enough to win against Arizona.
The time of year is different than usual, but the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs haven't lost any of their luster or penchant for surprises.
On Monday, the NHL released the latest COVID-19 testing results with no positive tests from August 2 through August 8.