5. The Ekholm/Subban Shutdown Line
P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm combined to become one of the best shutdown lines in the NHL last season. Both players boasted elite shot suppression numbers and were extremely smart with the puck. The “second line” for the Predators defense made exiting the defensive zone look like an art form. During the playoffs analyst Jeff Marek proclaimed about the Predators defense “puck goes in, puck comes right out”. And if you watched even one game, you’d know this phrase to be true.
It’s hard for the opposition to score goals when they can’t generate any extended zone time. Subban and Ekholm will make sure that happens. We should call them the eraser line because they’ll erase the offensive production of whoever they’re playing against.