Here’s a team that was supposed to be on the downward swing in 2021-22. Over the offseason, there was even talk of this organization needing to enter a rebuild phase for the next few campaigns. The question was whether or not they should trade Filip Forsberg for futures, not whether or not they should add for a postseason run.
Yet here the Nashville Predators are, hitting the campaign’s home stretch with a really strong chance of making the playoffs. Odds are good that they’ll slip into a wild card spot, just because of how many games in hand the Minnesota Wild have, but an invite to the dance is an invite to the dance no matter what.
And anything can happen when you get there.
To contend with the likes of the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche in the postseason, Nashville will need to add some forward depth. Matt Duchene has rediscovered his old form skating on the first line and would be a finalist for the NHL’s bounceback player of the year award if it had one.
Meanwhile, breakout rookie Tanner Jeannot has been an equally pleasant surprise on the right wing as well. Still, Domi could slot in on the second or third line and be a potential boost to their scoring chances. The Predators rank 14th in the league in average goals scored per game, so they aren’t in the worst of shape.
But looking at who they’d need to climb over to get there, some help in the middle of the lineup would be beneficial. Nashville isn’t known for taking huge swings at the deadline, but adding Domi could be the kind of shrewd move that could help them in the short term without giving too much in the long term.