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Last year's ranking: 38
Title track: 76
Fan relations: 18
Stadium experience: 20
Bang for the buck: 80
The Predators haven't hunted down much success on the ice the last few years. Despite ranking sixth in affordability (thanks in part to a relatively low average cost per game, $74.26), they barely crack our top 80 in bang for the buck. Nashville missed the playoffs for the second straight season in 2013-14, finishing sixth in the Central Division with 88 points. This offseason, the only coach the franchise had ever known, Barry Trotz, was dismissed and replaced by Peter Laviolette. While Laviolette coached Carolina to a Stanley Cup in 2006, he can't score goals. Shea Weber -- a defenseman -- led the Predators in points with 56. Summer additions James Neal, Olli Jokinen, Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro will help Mike Fisher and Craig Smith (team-leading 24 goals) up front, while 19-year-old Seth Jones continues to develop on the point alongside Weber. But will that be enough?
If the team isn't going to win, at least they'll keep fans happy; the three categories in which the Predators broke the top 20 all relate to fan experience. Season-ticket holders, or the Preds' Loyal Legion, are blanketed with giveaways and access to the annual Meet the Team party and open skates. In 2014-15, the team will host six bobblehead nights. And if you happened to be one of the 700 fans who attended the Predators Hot Wing Faceoff in July, you were not only treated to spicy chicken from eight Nashville-area hot wing joints, but also a ticket voucher to a home game this season. A new coach, a retooled roster, bobbleheads and hot wings? Where do I sign up?