Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes: Underrated X-Factors

: Dante Fabbro #57 of the Nashville Predators (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
: Dante Fabbro #57 of the Nashville Predators (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Nashville Predators: Rocco Grimaldi

Rocco Grimaldi has quickly launched into a fan-favorite for the Nashville Predators. He works hard on every play, flashes up and down the ice and his game has steadily improved over time.

Even with all of the popularity, Grimaldi is sometimes overlooked on what is usually the third line for the Predators. His numbers will never probably be that of a Filip Forsberg or Viktor Arvidsson, but he makes a huge difference to Nashville’s depth scoring.

You can never discount the importance of depth scoring in the playoffs. It’s a grind like no other sport, and other players outside of the top players on the team have to step up and produce.

Grimaldi can be one of those contributors for the Predators. I love the improvement he’s shown, and he’s definitely a critical piece to the Predators making a successful run past the qualifying round.

Last postseason Grimaldi was one of the few bright spots on the Predators, who were eliminated in six games in the first round. He scored three goals and didn’t let the playoff stage pressure him into bad decisions on the ice.