Typically, a team that suffers injuries to their key players struggle to win. Filling the vacancies while they are gone is typically left to less-capable players. Depth is tested, and other facets of a team are forced step up.
This season, the Predators have missed several important players. Ryan Ellis was gone for 38 games. Their top scorer, Filip Forsberg, still has a couple of weeks on the Injured Reserve before he is slated to return. Viktor Arvidsson is out. Ryan Johansen missed time. Roman Josi. Nick Bonino. You get the picture.
Funny thing is, the Nashville Predators have not missed a beat. With Forsberg out, the team is 5-1-1 including a road win in Los Angeles and a victory over Vegas. Not bad.
Injuries have tested the depth, and the depth is rising. Kevin Fiala is showing a hunger to score good wingers possess. Calle Jarnkrok is stepping up as well. Knowing you have players on your team able to perform when others don’t is something all Stanley Cup Champions have. The injuries will serve the Predators well.