The pace of the 2013 NHL season is trying at best. When a struggling Nashville Predators team began a westward trip to play Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and unbeaten San Jose Sharks, it looked much more than trying. Jump started by the great play of goalie Pekka Rinne, the Predators instead found the games to be rejuvenating. Now, still less than full strength, it begins to be clear that the Predators are a team to be reckoned with.
This was a blueprint of how a good defensive team should attack a game on the enemy’s frozen pond. The first two periods were hard fought defensive struggles. The Sharks were tenacious when they could be but were given nothing by the hard-line defense of the Predators. In the third period, the Predators came out like a team possessed and showed what they can do offensively even without all of their top liners healthy.
They aren’t without their faults and certainly they still have things to work on. Bad penalties hurt them in this game but overall they can take positive things from this contest and the last win against the Kings. They should keep playing their game the way they did in this game against the Sharks. This shows that when they play their game plan, get solid play in the net and minimize mistakes, they can beat anyone. That is a positive feeling to take away from any game, win or lose. Winning is better though.