Predators' Hot Start Isn't a Fluke by Shawn P. Roarke FOXSports.com
"Nashville has balanced scoring, with stars Steve Sullivan (12 points) and Paul Kariya (10 points) leading the way. Thirteen different players have already scored for Nashville this season, and 16 have points. Emerging stars Scott Hartnell (eight points) and David Legwand (seven points) have two game-winning goals apiece early in the campaign, proving they are ready to assume roles as go-to guys.
Defensively, five of their defenseman, including impressive rookie Ryan Suter, have even or plus-plus/minus ratings. Suter, who is logging more than 16 minutes per game, has four assists and a plus-5 rating."
"Scott's a little rough around the edges, but that's what makes him unique is that he is hard to play against,'' Trotz said. "When he tries to get a little cute, he's not as effective. But when he plays that power game with a little reckless abandon, he's really effective.''
Our snide comments about the Predators a week ago were rebuffed by readers who turned around the criticism of Nashville's early-season schedule by comparing it to the Red Wings' performance.
Before you begin to criticize the Nashville Predators' schedule please consider that the Red Wings have also feasted on cupcakes," a reader writes. "It seems a little hypocritical to criticize Nashville for poor competition when Detroit has taken the same route."