I have the Predators as the second-best team in the division because they’re finally back to full strength health wise, they’re rock solid in goal with Pekka Rinne and their depth is really starting to come alive.
The problem concern I have with this team is they tend to take periods off and not come out prepared against teams they should run all over. They have to get that part fixed, and be more consistent.
There’s not much to hate about this roster on paper though. I’ll put their top six forwards up against any team’s top six in the NHL and feel pretty good about it. Their special teams still has room for improvement, but other than that this team looks primed to push for a third-straight division title.
The Predators have only played three divisional games so far, and they’re 3-0 in those games. Two wins over the Wild and one dominating win over the Blackhawks. Their first big divisional test comes up next as they travel to Denver to take on the Avalanche. With Colorado’s current injury situation, the Predators should take care of business and win this one.