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Nashville Predators

Venue: Bridgestone Arena | Coach: Peter Laviolette
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The Predators are now six points ahead of the next closest team (Anaheim) in the NHL standings after winning seven of their last 10. Pekka Rinne's February save percentage is a robust .931 as he continues his stellar play this year.
Now the Predators are just showing off. They've won five straight and added two solid players in Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to make a good lineup deeper.
The Preds have looked human more recently, but they're heating up again with four wins in their last five games. They've opened up a four-point lead on the Blues in the Central race as well.
The loss of Pekka Rinne didn't prevent the Preds from climbing back to the very top of the NHL standings. There hasn't been a better team on home ice this season, either, as the Predators have gone 19-2-1 in Nashville. That bodes well for the playoffs.
The Preds have just one regulation loss in their last 10 games, but will have to continue life without Pekka Rinne. So far, they've proven up to the challenge.
The Predators are about to be tested unlike they've been before this season without top goalie Pekka Rinne. A strong defensive group and solid-enough offensive attack might not keep Preds on top, but they won't tail off dramatically.
It's pretty hard to deny the Predators the top spot any longer. Even if Rinne can't sustain his current play, this team has enough depth to keep moving forward. There's talent throughout the lineup.
The first week of January has Nashville sitting atop the Central Division with 54 points and a game in hand on Chicago. They've been stingy all year and the offense is picking up even more now.
These aren't your older brother's Predators. Over the past six games, the Preds have scored at least three goals and with the way they defend, that's often enough. If scoring persists, they'll only get tougher to handle.
The Predators are 6-3-0 in the month of December and the club seems to be picking up its goal scoring this month as well. Combine that with strong defense and goaltending and Nashville is looking legit.
Preseason Power Rankings
It's only two games in, but Peter Laviolette's new offense-friendly system seems to be taking hold in Nashville. They have the speed to play at the pace Laviolette expects and it's led to back-to-back wins.
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