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The return of Patric Hornqvist is pretty essential to the Predators and their fan base. Mike Stobe/NHLI/Getty Images

Plugging Holes -- Nashville Predators

The Hole: Offense in general

The Predators finished 17th in even-strength offense last year with a minus-0.6 GVT and were 18th in goals per game with 2.65. While Nashville received contributions on offense from some of their stars, they will need to improve at scoring if they plan to finally get over the first-round hump in the playoffs that they've had trouble overcoming the past few seasons.