Now it may only be two games into the season but you’ve probably noticed a bit of a change in the Nashville Predators. That change being; the prominence of the younger players. With many of the Predators veterans like Mike Fisher and Martin Erat out of the picture, at least for the time being, the young talent has really stepped up. Notables include; Colin Wilson, Matt Halischuk and most importantly Craig Smith.
Don’t get me wrong, defence and goaltending are still the Predators bread and butter but it’s starting to look like someone added a little something extra to this now wonderful sandwhich. It’s looks as though Nashville has found the offensive touch that they had been missing in previous years. The three players I mentioned earlier have all made significant offensive contributions towards Nashville’s two wins. Colin Wilson has played a solid amount of minutes, 14:12 in game one and 12:47 in game 2, and was able to record an assist in the process. Matt Halischuk has also played very well, his most significant contribution is, without a doubt, his game-winning goal in the Preds first game of the season against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lastly we have Craig Smith and what can I say this guy has been just great. He starts out with an, unexpected but welcomed, impressive preseason debut and then comes into the regular season and in just two games has his first NHL goal, four points and a plus/minus of +2. Smith is also playing on the best offensive line in the league right now, combined him and David Legwand have a combined 3 goals and 9 points in just two games. Pretty impressive if you ask me.
Of course we have to give Nashville’s stars credit as well. The big three, Suter, Weber and Rinne, all did what we would expect from them which was play solid, outstanding hockey. Both Suter and Weber have 2 points, with one of Suter’s points being a goal and Rinne has a goals-against-average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .940. Lastly we have to give a good deal of credit to David Legwand, who is absolutely on fire. At the rate he’s going he could easily hit 55-60+ points. That’s being a little over-optimistic I suppose but there’s no harm in hoping for a big season.
People are starting to look at Nashville in a different light, when they see that their team is going to face them they no longer say; “Who?” or “Yes, easy win!” they say “…crap.” This is starting to look like the year Nashville could go all the way and bring home the cup and if they do they better come to Canada so I can show off my own Predators Pride.
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