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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Arizona Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson

The Coyotes get a ton of attention for how disciplined and solid their defense is. They tend to not give up easy goals, and Ekman-Larsson is one of their best and most-experienced defenseman.

And yet Ekhman-Larsson doesn’t get nearly the notoriety he sometimes deserves. He’s a key part to this defense, even if he’s not a flashy player that scores a lot. He’s a player that makes the smart decisions on the ice and knows how to be in position to make the right play, even if it’s a conservative one.

Something tells me this series is going to be low scoring and a battle of which teams play better defensively. Ekman-Larsson is at the forefront of this defensive battle for the Coyotes.

Ekman-Larsson has spent his entire NHL career with the Coyotes franchise. Over 700 games and over 250 points. And despite all of that NHL experience, only 16 games of playoff experience going back to the 2011-12 season.

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You better believe this player is more hungry than anyone to get some playoff success at age 29, so the Predators have to watch out for the Arizona captain that doesn’t get nearly the attention he deserves on a national level.