Predators remain confident despite early postseason exit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are pretty confident considering their season came to its earliest end since missing the 2014 postseason with Barry Trotz allowed to leave. The Predators lost their best-of-five qualifying series to Arizona in four games yet insist they liked how they played everywhere but the scoreboard. Now they can’t wait for their next chance to show how they’ve improved. That’s despite going from losing the Stanley Cup Final in 2017 to a second-round loss in 2018, a first-round loss in 2019 and now not reaching the first round after the NHL’s restart.