Nashville Predators: Five Reasons The Predators Will Dominate This Season

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2. A dynamic scroing defensive pairing

Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis have transformed into the most formidable offensive defense pairing in a decade.  Ellis and Josi give credence to the phrase, a good offensive is the best defense. Much like the Ekholm/Subban pairing, they do a great job of suppressing shots by not allowing the puck into their zone.

Ellis is one of the best shot takers in the league. He consistently takes low risk/high reward shots that often hit the net while creating rebounds. Ellis’ ability to step up on the offensive blue line is another key piece of the offense that allows the Nashville Predators to maintain control.

Josi plays an interesting game for a defenseman. I’ve never seen a defender who loves playing below the opponent’s goal line as much as Josi. What makes Josi an elite defenseman is his vision on the ice. Only a few other players see the ice like Josi does, especially from below the goal line. His confidence in his skating and playmaking is what makes Josi an extraordinary offensive defenseman. This defensive unit could easily combine for one hundred or more points this season.