So What Do We Know About The Nashville Predators?

November 13th, 2009 by Mark Willoughby Leave a reply »
The Nashville Predators roll into mid-November with an 8-8-1 record and 17 points, good for 12th in the Western Conference. So what do we know about this team and their prospects for the remainder of this season?

 This is what we know this about the Predators: This is a team that can successfully play gritty, grind it out hockey, and when they do, they have the potential to win any game. This team will not win this season by being flashier than their opponent and scoring highlight reel goals.

Instead, they will win by shooting the puck (which, thankfully, is a concept they have seemed to finally embrace) and crashing the net. Dirty goals will be the norm for this squad. There is nothing wrong with that style of play, the goals still count the same.

Another positive aspect of this team is that some of the younger players are showing that they are capable of making the jump from the AHL to the NHL and be productive. Andreas Thuresson, Mike Santorelli, and Cody Franson have played quality minutes and have contributed offensively. T

his was a gamble that General Manager David Poile made at the start of the season, relying on unproven talent from t ...

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