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Nashville Predators

Venue: Bridgestone Arena | Coach: Peter Laviolette
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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.
No team has allowed fewer goals than the Preds and it looks more and more like they're a playoff-bound team. Mike Ribeiro has proven to be an inspired addition to the team wiht 25 points in 29 games.
While Filip Forsberg and Pekka Rinne get the headlines, Nashville's defense has been about as good as it always seems to be. Shea Weber, Roman Josi and the emergence of Ryan Ellis have played a big role.
The Preds lead the Central Division and continue to make a case that they're going to be hanging around for a while. Pekka Rinne and Filip Forsberg have been incredible.
Nashville remains one of the league's stingiest teams, allowing just 2.05 goals against per game. It's not just the brilliant Pekka Rinne. The Preds' defensive corps has been exceptional.
Led by impressive goaltenders, rookies and defensemen, the Preds have one of the league's best home records. They also have been more than holding their own in what appears to be the league's toughest division.
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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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