Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesdays In Smashville: Preds Press

Every Tuesday we will update our readers on this regions favorite NHL team, the Nashville Predators. MKYSports writer Brian Cox has his own blog covering the Predators in more detail than we will here, so if you want more Preds info go check it out at: Predspress.com

Over on his site Brian provides his opinion of what he believes the roster will look like going into next year barring any roster moves.

Top Line: Sergei Kostitsyn - Mike Fisher - Martin Erat
Second Line: Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Craig Smith
Third Line: Gabriel Borque - Nick Spaling - Patric Hornqvist
Fourth Line: Matt Halischuk - Paul Gaustad - Brandon Yip
Scratches: Brian Mcgratten and Chris Mueller
First Pair: Weber - Josi
Second Pair: Klein - Blum
Third Pair: Gill - Ellis
Scratch: Mathais Ekholm
Starting Goalie: Pekka Rinne
Back-up Goalie: Chris Mason
Another story Brian recently addressed is the loss of Ryan Suter, giving Preds fans a little optimism about losing a huge part of their defense.

Even with the departure of Suter, I am not tremendously concerned with defense. Between Trotz's ability to run a defensive system, Pekka's unbelievable talent, and possibly the best defensive forward core in the league, defense is not something that I am worried about. Nashville hasn't been an offensive threat since J.P. Dumont was putting up sixty points a season. So the question arises, what will the Preds do for offense. I expect both Josi and Ellis to have bigger offensive years, the same goes for forwards Craig Smith and Gabriel Borque. 

Brian and Ryan Smith will be our main contributors of Predators information heading into the 2012-2013 season, so look for something from them every Tuesday.

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