The writers here at the FanSided Sports Network are now on day seventeen of our NHL season preview. I’d like you to skate over to each of our sites daily and see what our talented hockey writers have to say about their teams’ upcoming season. Remember, we’re all fans and we have high expectations for our team, and previews are what they are…..previews. It will be interesting to see what the gang here has to say about their respective clubs. Will the Washington Capitals finally challenge for the Cup, what will happen to the Boston Bruins as they try to defend their championship, and can the Vancouver Canucks survive the “heartbreak” of losing in the Finals without tearing up their city….again.
This is the first of two previews for today, as I have a little catching up to do. Dan Bradley our lead writer over at Predlines, our Nashville Predators site previews a Nashville team that advanced to the second round of the post season last year for the first time in their history. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough to get past the dreaded Vancouver Canucks, but throughout it all, put up a solid fight. Led by the only coach in their existence, Barry Trotz the Predators get their work done without an offensive superstar.
The lead players for Nashville make more noise in a defensive role as Shea Weber on defence and Pekka Rinne in goal are the backbone of a team that is just not easy to play against. Although as Dan says, this could change this season:
This will always be what many view as the weakness of this team, but it may be a position of strength this year if the youth comes through. Sure, Joel Ward is now fat and happy in D.C., Steve Sullivan will be protected in Pittsburgh, and Marcel Goc will now be able to work on das tan in South Florida. But with their absence opens opportunity. And for a franchise that’s finally ready to churn out some forwards, here’s their chance. Veteran presence still resides up the middle with David Legwand and Mike Fisher; a pair of solid defenders who do possess decent playmaking skills. No one was happier than Legwand when Fisher arrived last season, and it showed in the postseason. Martin Erat and his beautiful hair will still be turning circles in Music City, and to be honest his defensive skills really shined this past year.
Nashville is a team that doesn’t necessarily scare you, but they should make you worry. A lot. When they played the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 2010 playoffs, I actually was very concerned at one point that Nashville was about to pull off an upset. However, the speed and hi powered offence that the Blackhawks had proved to be too much for the sometimes offensively challenged Predators.
I like Nashville and I love how Barry Trotz gets his players to buy into his system. I also love that they have Shea Weber. A young defencemen that plays the game the way it should be. To read the rest of Dan’s preview click here.
Later today, I’ll post a link to the preview for the New Jersey Devils.
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