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 New York Rangers won the second phase of the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot at selecting winger Alexis Lafreniere. The Rangers were among eight teams that lost in the qualifying round of the playoffs with a chance to claim quite a consolation prize Monday night. The Rangers have the No. 1 overall pick for the first time since 1965 when they selected Andre Veilleux.
After the No. 1 pick went to a placeholder team - that would be eliminated in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in the NHL's 24-team postseason under the Return to Play program - in Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery in June, the top pick for the 2020 NHL Draft was awarded to an actual team in Phase 2 of the lottery on Monday.