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Looking Back At 2019 NHL Trade Deadline Deals…

Matt Duchene: Since Duchene has came to the Blue Jackets he has been a little quite and so have the Blue Jackets. Since coming to the Jackets Feb. 22 Duchene has 2 goals and 3 assists. He recorded two points on February 23rd and since then he has recorded 1 goal and 2 assists in nine games…

Ryan Dzingel: Also a member of the Senators who was sent to Columbus for a playoff push/Stanley Cup run has been better than Duchene actually. Since coming to Blue Jackets Dzingel has 1 goal and 5 assists in 9 games. Better production compared to Duchene certainly.

Mark Stone: Stone was the big deadline acquisition. Coming to Vegas on February 25th the team has been not only playing better since he arrived but Stone has been a big help it seems too. Stone has 2 goals and 3 assists in 7 games. The Golden Knights are 6-1 with Stone.

Mikael Granlund: This was a trade that came out of left field sort of. The Predators sent over young Kevin Fiala for a more seasoned Granlund. Both play similar styles but Granlund has a bit more experience and the edge over Fiala. Granlund joined the Predators on March 1st. Since then he has 1 goal and 3 assists in 6 games. The Predators since acquiring Granlund are 3-3 through six games.

Kevin Fiala: Fiala was apart of the Granlund trade a 1 for 1 deal that left some confused. Fiala is only 22-years-old and already has some experience in the playoffs. Since joining the Wild on February 25th, Fiala has 2 goals, they also came in the same game. He has 2 points in 8 games and no points in seven of them. The Wild are also 3-5 since acquiring Fiala.

Charlie Coyle: The Coyle trade was a bit of surprise for some fans as the Bruins swapped out their young prospect Ryan Donato for a struggling Charlie Coyle. Since coming to the Bruins on February 20th Coyle has played in 10 games adding 1 goal and 1 assist. The Bruins are 7-4 since adding Coyle.

Ryan Donato: Apart of the Coyle deal, Donato was sent to Minnesota and has enjoyed his time there it seems. He was not seeing regular minutes in Boston like he is Minnesota. Therefore the young forward has thrived. Donato has 2 goals and 7 assists in 11 games. Also to note he had 2 goals and 5 assists in his first five-games with Minnesota.

Wayne Simmonds: Simmonds was another deadline deal for the Predators and another forward who bolstered their already deep roster and make their power play even more of a threat. Simmonds tough and gritty style is much needed when it comes playoff time. Simmonds has played in 7 games with the Predators and only has one assists so far. The Predators are also 3-4 since adding both Granlund and Simmonds.

Kevin Hayes: The Jets big deadline acquisition was adding depth down the middle and to their already stacked offense. Hayes was enjoying a career year in New York. He was sent to Winnipeg at the deadline and has played in 8 games, in those eight games he has 2 goals and 2 assists. The Jets are also 4-4 since acquiring Hayes.

Jake Muzzin: Muzzin was not a deadline deal but was a big trade that was around the deadline time frame. He has spent already a month on the time and has played in 21 games for the Leafs. In those 21 games the Leafs are 13-6-2 in that span, Muzzin has 2 goals and 10 assists with a +5 rating.

Nick Bjugstad/Jared McCann: The two came as a package, that is why they are together. McCann has surprisingly been the more successful one in Pittsburgh but Bjugstad still has been of significance to the team. Bjugstad has 7 goals and 4 assists in 21 games. McCann has 9 goals and 4 assists in 21 games. McCann’s share has come in the last nine games where has collected 6 goals and four assists. Bjugstad’s production has been spread out pretty evenly during his time in Pittsburgh though.

Western Conference Winners & Losers At The NHL Trade Deadline

The Western Conference has better overall teams right now but they usually are the division that beats the hell out of each other and the Eastern Conference team takes advantage of that. The West this season have four of the 10 top teams in the NHL. All these teams are just trying to one-up each other and a lot of trades occurred within this conference. Almost all of them.

Winners: 

  1. Nashville Predators: A very big day for the Predators, they added the perfect model for playoff hockey and a great third line, second line winger, power play guy in Wayne Simmonds. As well add some a solid two-way forward in Mikael Granlund who will come in and play on the second line right away. The Predators bolster that offensive front end even more now. With the additions of Simmonds, Granlund and Boyle the Predators seem like the Blue Jackets of the West. The Predators are really one piece away from a Cup. They have the best back end in hockey, a solid goaltender and now a very deep front end. I would be shocked not to see this team deep in the playoffs.
  2. Winnipeg Jets: Adding more forward depth in Kevin Hayes immediately makes the Jets a stronger team. With the addition of Hayes it allows for now three producing forward lines. The Jets nine look like, Wheeler, Scheifele, Connor, Hayes, Laine, Ehlers, Little, Perreault and Roslovic cannot be disappointed in that front nine. The Jets are a very good team and are going to find their stride here soon but also the addition of Nathan Beulieu and Matt Hendricks add some depth that will be needed come playoff time.
  3. Vegas Golden Knights: Anytime you add a 30-goal scorer you immediately are a winner and that is what Vegas did. They win the Stone sweepstakes and now make their top-nine very dangerous. Pairing Stone on that first line with William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault will be interesting to watch. Which also means that Riley Smith moves to the third line and Cody Eakin and Brandon Pirri, Smith third line is pretty solid. Could have used a minor defenseman move but the Knights add a very good playoff player and an overall great teammate and competitor in Stone that is going to make this team a lot better.
  4. San Jose Sharks: Adding Gustav Nyquist is very big. Nyquist is a veteran forward who can play top-six minutes, power play and is a great play maker. Pairing him with Joe Thornton and Kevin LeBlanc will pay off but Nyquist gets paired with a goal scorer like Kane, Couture, Hertl or Pavelski it could be big for the Sharks. A great move by the Sharks to add Nyquist a guy in his prime time, loads of experience and a versatile player come this push for the playoffs. This will be a trade we look back on and say really helped improve the Sharks roster the 2019 playoff run.

Losers: 

Calgary Flames: After you miss the playoffs and then bounce back and have this year, the Flames should of done something. They added a depth defenseman but that is not going to be the make or break between winning a playoff series vs Winnipeg or Nashville. The Flames are good young team that probably did not want to ruin the chemistry but still adding some depth on the front end would have been big. Adding Kevin Hayes would have been really big, Hayes and Gaudreau have such a chemistry too that you would think it would have been easier to land Hayes. For a team that turned it around like this and did nothing is a little disappointing.

Chicago Blackhawks: Could use a defenseman or bottom-six forward. The team is being held together by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane they will not be able to carry this team for the rest of the season. Perhaps Bowman figured they were a done deal and did not want to risk any assets but the Blackhawks missing the playoffs this season never looks good. I just deem them as losers because they have been playing very well these last few months and could possibly make a playoff push too.

Edmonton Oilers: If you are an Oilers fan this has to be a sign that the GM has thrown in the white flag and just waiting for the off-season. Sure they are a done deal right now but with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on that roster it is tough to see them consistently miss the playoffs and they have not done anything to make this team better or help these superstars in Edmonton out. Very bad showing by Edmonton.

 

NHL Power Rankings: Islanders and Golden Knights rise. Tampa Bay and Calgary stay a top the leader boards

This is the second edition of rankings, I am usually not a big fan of weekly rankings because week by week things change very quickly. A monthly over view of the rankings is good by me. Here is my top ten teams in the NHL at the moment.

Here are last months rankings: 

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning (9-0-1) 
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs (6-2-2)
  3. Winnipeg Jets (8-2-0)
  4. Calgary Flames (6-3-1) 
  5. Washington Capitals (7-3-0) 
  6. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-3-1) 
  7. Nashville Predators (4-5-1) 
  8. San Jose Sharks (6-2-2) 
  9. Buffalo Sabres (4-4-2) 
  10. Boston Bruins (6-4-0) 

Here is an UPDATED (1/21/2019) version of the rankings now. Note the record next the teams name is their last ten games.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (7-3-0)

2. Calgary Flames (8-2-0) (up two)

3. Winnipeg Jets (7-3-0) 

4. San Jose Sharks (7-3-0) (up four)

5. New York Islanders (8-2-0) (new)

6. Vegas Golden Knights (8-2-0) (new)

7. Nashville Predators (5-3-2)

8. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-4-0) (down two)

9. Boston Bruins (6-3-1) (up one)

10. Toronto Maple Leafs (3-7-0) (down eight) 

A Look At The New York Rangers Upcoming Road Trip

The New York Rangers have touched down in Denver, Colorado to begin their three-game road trip. The Rangers are coming into this road trip having dropped three of their last ten in regulation but another four in overtime/shootout. The Rangers have won just three games in their last ten games and to make matters worse they are not a favorable road team. Posting a 6-10-2 record on the road, and of their last ten games four have come on the road, in which they have lost two and won two (Nashville, St. Louis). Despite a big win in Nashville the other week, the Rangers have not done a great job in terms of scoring. In their last ten they have averaged, 2.3 goals per game, while allowing 3.3 goals per game. Sure, Penguins scoring seven Wednesday night does not help the case but even so they still have allowed 2.89 goals per game.

The Rangers head to Colorado Friday night, a team that is struggling greatly, on a six-game skid, 2-5-3 in their last ten and not playing the Colorado hockey we saw earlier in the year. They then travel to Arizona Sunday for an afternoon game vs a team that is subpar at home (7-12-1 at the moment) and cap the trip with one of the better home teams and best team of the three in this trip, Vegas Tuesday night. Vegas has lost three games at home this season (at the moment 13-3-3) and is starting to become the team we saw go on a immaculate run last season.

The big takeaway for this Rangers team and this road trip is be better than last road trip which they lost 2 of 3 and two of those games lost were to the leagues worst. Point two, how this young team responds to a rather difficult task at hand. This is not bizarre to see a team travel for three-straight away games but they get rest and a day in between each game yet with this young line up we will see how they fair in the thick of the schedule.

I would honestly expect the Rangers to take 2 of 3 this trip, the Avalanche struggling a win Friday is possible, a win in Arizona is more than possible and a loss to Vegas is likely. But at the same time the Rangers could lose all three, get a struggling Colorado team that needs a win badly, an Arizona team that is no cake-walk and the best home team in the NHL in Vegas. It will be interesting, that is why as writers we just sit here, drink a beer, relax and let the players do the playing.

Players to watch…

Kevin Hayes, Hayes is coming off a 8-point streak that was snapped vs St. Louis December 31st but this season Hayes has been one of the Rangers overall best players. He has 10 goals, 23 assists in 39 games and has honestly been the most noticeable and all around best player for the Rangers this season.

Neal Pionk-Marc Staal combination, the Rangers number one d-pairing has been to the test this season and it has been very surprising to see Staal’s game elevated this season and Pionk rise to the occasion. Pionk has 5 goals and 14 assists on the season with a -2 plus/minus rating and 12 power play points While Staal has 3 goals and 7 assists (already surpassed his total of 8 pts from last year) with a +1 plus/minus and zero power play points.

Chris Kreider, the 20 goal scorer has been involved in every Rangers scoring play it seems this year. Kreider has finally started to use his speed and quick shot to his advantage this year and keeping his game a little simpler than he has in years past. It will be interesting to see how Kreider comes out this trip.

Dan Quinn, the Rangers new head coach and former college coach has taken this team above expectations thus far, posting a 17-15-7 (41 points) record, eight points behind the last wild card spot and not dead last in the division or conference. He has head-scratching moments when he constantly shifts lines, dresses Cody McLeod more often than not, plays Filip Chytil on the fourth line, etc. But overall he has done a good job but this road trip will be a nice test for the young head coach and we’ll see how he can rally the troops to play on the road for three-straight.

Rangers upcoming schedule after road trip before All-Star break: 

New York Islanders @ MSG

New York Islanders @ Coliseum

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nation Wide Arena

Carolina Hurricanes @ MSG

Chicago Blackhawks @ MSG

Boston Bruins @ TD Garden

 

 

NHL News; Will the Devils, Blues, Vegas and Florida stay at the bottom of the pack all year?

I figured this would be a great time to freak some Devils, Blues, Vegas and Florida fans out, upset, anger and annoy them with a great article! Seriously though, what is going on with the Golden Knights, Panthers and Blues? The Devils I am giving a half pass because they have played 2-3 less games then some teams but either way they just lost to Ottawa 7-3, not a good look.

(26) New Jersey Devils: 6-6-1; 13 points

New Jersey Devils 2018-19 season startVery early in the year and the Devils just played a back to back but it is not a start many Devil fans would like to see especially since they came storming out the gate 4-0-1 and have since as you can tell cooled off. The Devils had a miraculous year last season, a surprise season for many fans. But, now since they have been successful they are expected to do the same thing again. Should we expect that from them though? Apart from their top line of Palmieri-Hischier-Hall they do not have a lot of scoring depth those three produce around 85% of the teams points and lead team in scoring. After those three’s 16, 15 and 12 point totals the next in line is Travis Zajac with 10 points who honestly we can be realistic here will be good for 40 points at most. After that is Demon Severson and Will Butcher with 8 points, Brian Boyle with 7 points(3 coming the other night), Sami Vatanen with 7 points and Blake Coleman with 5 points. Therefore out of these top guys, four forwards clearly do the heavy lifting, three defenseman chip in every once in a while and then after that there is a dramatic fall off. Not to mention Will Butcher has 7 power play points of his 8 points, therefore 5 on 5 Butcher is nearly irrelevant besides playing defensively. So, unless the Devils bank on 2-3 power plays a game Butcher is not good for much production. Hall will have to produce 90+ again, Palmieri will need to continue on this trend while his career high is 57 points, Hischier will need to also break his last season total and be in the 60 point range. Keith Kinkaid will need to continue his unbelievable play, there is a lot of moving parts here for this Devils team but there is also a lot of what ifs. They play in a relatively weaker Metropolitan division therefore it should not be too hard for the team, but I could see the Devils missing the playoffs this season.

(27) St. Louis Blues: 5-5-3; 13 points

The Blues certainly had different expectations for this season, after acquiring Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak, Patrick Maroon and David Perron and now Robby Fabbri back healthy the Blues should definitely be higher in the standings. Yet, they find themselves looking up from the bottom. The biggest crutch to this team has been their goaltending. Jake Allen has a 3.99 goals against, .879 save percentage. Plus their back up, not taking credit away from the guy but it’s Chad Johnson can he be the same player as Carter Hutton? I don’t think so. On the year he has two starts a 2.47 GAA and .919 save percentage. Yes, it is early but the worse you start out the harder it is to climb yourself out come the All-Star break. The Blues have seen a different type of Ryan O’Reilly to start the year leading the team with 19 points and 12 assists but also they do get secondary scoring (how could they not?), Tarasenko has 13 points, Schenn has 9 points, Perron has 12 points, two players have 8 points and 3 players have seven points. They get depth scoring but if they do not find something to do with Jake Allen and get some help in the goaltending department it will be a disappointing year for the Blues. I think with how competitive the Central is it will be near impossible for the Blues to crack a top three spot, wild card is their only option come playoff time.

(28) Vegas Golden Knights 6-8-1; 13 points

Vegas Golden Knights 2018-19 seaosn start Not how the Golden Knights expected this season to start, maybe they are coming down to earth and playing at the level many thought they were going to be at. I mean they have Jonathan Marchessault, Max Pacioretty, Paul Statsny, William Karlsson, Reilly Smith, Alex Tuch and Erik Haula. But injuries have been the major problem for this team. They have dealt with Pacioretty, Statsny and Tuch on the IR and now Haula got hurt Tuesday vs Toronto and the Golden Knights continue dig a deep hole. Like I said before once you dig the hole deeper and deeper it is hard to get out come All-Star break time. The Golden Knights will need to a surge of production once they have everyone healthy and not playing five-road games. Marchessault and Karlsson are the only ones with 10+ points on the team which concerning. Like I said the hole is getting deeper and deeper, and in a Pacific division right now with a hot Edmonton team and Calgary team it will be catch up time for Vegas if they do not come out of this road trip either splitting it or taking 3 of 4 games. They already dropped one… I think the Golden Knights will be playing catch up all season and will miss the playoffs.

(31) Florida Panthers: 3-5-3; 9 points

What the heck happened with Florida? Although they did something like this last year, 31st? That is bad and not easy to bounce out of. When you are in a funk it is tough to get out of that funk, it feels endlessly and that’s how the Panthers feel right now. They have played just 9 games cause of the Global Series games but they head home for three games then hit the road for 2-weeks (6 games). This is going to be a good test for Florida. They may do the same thing they did last year, chase all year and be a borderline playoff team come April. They should be much better considering who is in their division but with a hot Montreal and Buffalo team the Panthers have some work to do and do it quick. They need to walk away with 2 of 3 wins on this homestand to get some confidence back, they have the scoring and forwards upfront to be a top contender but it is tough after playing two Global Series games in different countries and all that traveling. I predict the Panthers wake up in mid-November and chase all year.

The Impact of Pacioretty to Vegas, Karlsson to San Jose

What has happened over the last few days in the hockey world, Erik Karlsson finally got traded, Max Pacioretty is out of Montreal, Oliver Ekman Larsson and Justin Williams were named captains, Henrik Zetterberg’s career is over. It has been a whirl wind of emotions for hockey fans lately. 

Patches lands in Vegas, flying high (literally)

First off the Pacioretty trade. Marc Bergevin has to be up to something to dismantle this Canadiens team. First Subban, now Pacioretty what is he up to? Anyways, the Canadiens received Tomas TatarNick Suzuki and a 2019 2nd round pick for Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty has now been enjoying his time in Vegas as he should, being that he has left that dumpster fire of a team in Montreal to join the former Western Conference champs and Stanley Cup contenders. The Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights with this trade now have Pacioretty paired with Paul Statsny and Alex Tuch, how can this not work out. How can Pacioretty not be happy? Look, he gets the pressure of the Montreal media off his back, he is not the center of attention in Vegas, the “C” is now more so he does not have that added pressure and he is a second liner… To close the case here take a look at some of the things Max Pacioretty has already been up to in Vegas since the trade… 

Let’s just say Pacioretty did not mind the move to Vegas too much it seems. But what does this do for the Golden Knights? Well they add a veteran 30-goal scorer and with this move Pacioretty may be due for 35+ this year, just saying. It adds some more fire power to an already electric Vegas offense, you have Marchessault, Smith, Karlsson on top of Pacioretty that is a solid mix to some scoring and play making forwards. Either way this puts Vegas right where they should be a top contender for the Western Conference again and inch closer to the Stanley Cup…

Karlsson is OUT of OTTAWA! 

Goodbye Ottawa and Eugene Melnyk, what a clown that owner is. First off the whole thing that went down over the summer with Hoffman and Karlsson and Melnyk barely said anything and all he did was get ripped off in a trade for Hoffman. Then the whole mid-year controversy between Karlsson and Melnyk where Karlsson did not even feel comfortable being around is own owner. Terrible. Anyways, he is out of another Atlantic dumpster fire and heading to a Pacific division team. What does this do for the Sharks, well. First the Sharks did not have to trade any core guys, they gave up two solid prospects and a few draft picks but to not really downgrade your roster a ton and a receive the best defenseman in the league is a win. The Sharks gave up Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Rudolfs Balcers, Josh Norris, 2019 2nd round pick, 2020 1st round pick, 2021 2nd round pick(turns into a first if San Jose gets to Stanley Cup this year). So the fact the Senators gave up their best defenseman and received just one defenseman in return is brutal. 

Erik Karlsson San Jose Sharks

Anyways, the impact this has on San Jose is immediate you have guys like Joe Thornton who have been around the game for a decade coming out and saying this is “f***ing incredible” for the Sharks. Now you have, Brent Burns a Norris trophy winner, Erik Karlsson and Marc Edouard Vlasic an unbelievable top three, to add in Brenden Dillon and Justin Braun. This blue line is loaded with all types of weapons, shut down d, offensive power, you name it this blue line has it. It also gives reassurance to Brent Burns and the Sharks forwards as well, Burns has been that puck moving guy on that back end for a while now anytime you get someone else who can do it helps out. Sharks forwards will be receiving break out passes galore with Burns, Vlasic and Karlsson coming their way. Not to mention a power play one consisting of Karlsson-Burns-Kane-Pavelski-Couture, my god… need we say more? It really make San Jose automatic Cup contenders and now battling for that pacific division with the other team on this article, Vegas. 

 

Offseason outlook for Nashville, Vegas, Washington

Washington Capitals

Additions: Nic Dowd, Jayson Megna

Subtractions: Jay Beagle, Tyler Grovac, Phillip Grubauer, Barry Trotz

Offseason outlook: The Capitals are coming off a Eastern Conference finals win, Stanley Cup win and the best year in team history. The Capitals were notorious for their second round exits, playoff failures and constantly losing to the Penguins. The Capitals got the better end of the stick this year and when they eliminated the Penguins in the second round this year, a lot of people sensed it was going to be a different year for Washington. Which we all know was. Well now after a month and a half since the Stanley Cup win the Capitals had to address some offseason concerns. Luckily they signed back all star defenseman John Carlson to a nice $8 million AAV, Devante Smith Pelly back and in discussion with Tom Wilson. With the Capitals relatively staying put for the year so far, the loss of Trotz is big but luckily the Capitals have the right veteran leadership to help deal with that loss. The Capitals compete in a tough division, but with the Penguins not adding much, the Blue Jackets possibly losing Artem Panarin and the rest of the division either getting worse or staying put has made it quite easy for the Capitals to stay afloat that division. The Capitals are heading into the 2018-19 season with relatively the same three forward lines and same three defensive pairings from their cup win. It is fair to say the Capitals will be just fine without the presence of hall of fame coach Barry Trotz. Where do we see the Capitals finishing? Without doubt within the top three in the Metropolitan division.

To note the Capitals still need to sign one small, yet big piece in Alex Chiasson.

Vegas Goldlen Knighs 2018 offseason

Vegas Golden Knights

Additions: Paul Statsny, Alex Gallant, Daniel Carr, Zach Fucale, Curtis McKenzie, Nick Holden

Subtractions: Paul Thompson, James Neal, David Perron

Offseason outlook: The Vegas Golden Knights had the most successful first year of any sports team among professional sports. The Golden Knights finished Western Conference champs and played in a tough six-game Stanley cup series. Despite losing the Golden Knights have a lot to keep their heads high about. The only concern right now is the loss of James Neal and David Perron as well as still needing to sign William Karlsson, Shea Theodore and Lucas Sbisa. Luckily they extended the contract of Marc Andre Fleury and added veteran Paul Statsny and veteran defenseman Nick Holden. With keeping their roster some what in check still the Golden Knights have a lot to look forward to, stealing conference rivals veteran forward was a big move. But the Golden Knights have to hope Tomas Tartar can find some life in Vegas and turn it around as of now Tartar is slotted on the second line. The Golden Knights have to really worry about the Sharks, Kings and Ducks who have all been pretty aggressive this offseason. The Sharks have locked up some key pieces to their roster, Kings adding KHL star Ilya Kovalchuk, and Ducks who are always in the mix. It is tough to come back and stay consistent in the NHL we have seen time and time again teams fall off the radar after a successful season. The Knights have a huge challenge ahead but luckily with 13.8 mil remaining in cap space the Golden Knightss can make a push for some solid free agents.

Note the Golden Knights still need to sign, William Karlsson, Lucas Sbisa, Clyaton Stoner, Shea Theodore

Nashville Predators 2018 offseason

Nashville Predators

Additions: Jarred Tinordi, Rocco Grimadli, Connor Brickley, Dan Hamhuis

Subtractions: John Ramage, Mark McNeil, Harry Zolnierczyk

Offseason outlook: The Predators some would say had a disappointing playoff run after coming out of the Central with 117 points and ranking first among the NHL the Predators fell short of their goal with a loss to Winnipeg in the second round. Due to some poor goaltending in the playoffs and a lack of forward scoring the Predators had to go back to the drawing board. The Predators have not been so active this offseason beside a recent move adding Dan Hamhuis to their already loaded defensive roster. The Predators now have Ryan Ellis, PK Subban, Roman Josi, Dan Hamhuis and Mattias Ekholm on their backend. A great defensive upgrade but nothing added on the front end. Luckily they did not lose anyone important the Predators. Their roster remains the same as it did last year as of now with about a month and a half until training camp. The Predators hope for prospect sensation Eeli Tolvanen to crack the opening day roster and be a solid top 9 forward for the Predators. The Predators have now made it to the Stanley Cup to the second round and only have so much time until teams like Minnesota, Winnipeg and even Colorado start catching their tail. Some could even say the Predators have a few more years left at this whole Stanley Cup aspiration until the teams top players start to fade off. For now the Predators will stay put in the #1, #2 spot for the Central division. Perhaps this is Nashville’s year…