How the 2022-23 Nashville Predators Penalty Kill Should be Constructed

Mar 24, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) warms up before a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 24, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) warms up before a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports /
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Second Unit: Granlund, Trenin, Lauzon, Josi

Granlund is definitely the one who should play center on this unit and gives the Nashville Predators reason to feel great about this position on the penalty kill. He’s not quite the defensive presence that Sissons is, but he too is consistent and is almost always doing good things on at least one end of the ice on a nightly basis.

In this situation, Granlund has been and will continue to be just fine.

Trenin is not quite the threat like Jeannot is, but he does good things on the defensive side and with his ability to finish checks, he is able to give opposing forwards fits. He has also played critical minutes on the penalty kill in the past, and definitely will this year.

Lauzon has not been in Nashville long, but the Predators brought him in to be the third-pairing defenseman who battles hard and makes is that much tougher for opponents to score. His role is suited perfectly for the penalty kill, so it only makes sense to put him there.

The last spot was honestly a tough one, but Josi ended up making the most sense. His defensive issues are not nearly as bad as most people say, and it is critical for any penalty killing unit to have someone who can skate effectively and be first to clear the puck when that opportunity arises.

Josi checks those boxes, and with as much experience as he has as a do-it-all type of player, you cannot go wrong with him being here.