by PuckStopsHere on 01/26/12 at 02:05 PM ET
The All Star break is a natural time to look at the season so far. One thing few people notice is which team has been the hottest in the time up to the break. That team is the Nashville Predators. They have won their last four straight. They have nine wins in their last ten games. They have twelve wins in their last 14 games. This has moved the Preds up to fifth place in the West Conference. They have a 30-20 record with four regulation tie points to give them 64 points. This places them a mere three points out of first place in the entire NHL.
Nashville is a team that has its biggest strength in the defensive end of the zone. Shea Weber and Ryan Suter are All Star defencemen. Pekka Rinne is a top goalie. They do not have any big scorers. Martin Erat leads the team with 35 points at the break.
Nashville is a good team. They are very well coached. I would support Barry Trotz as coach of the year. I think they will be tough to beat come playoff time and could win a round or two. They are not the best team in the league, but they are the hottest team in the league at this point. Unfortunately this point is January and not playoff time.
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