The rise of the Predators
This tidbit is likely to be everywhere by the morning, but, with their 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night, the Nashville Predators have the second-longest win streak from the start of the season — ever.
The longest? The 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Preds are getting a really balanced attack with pint-sized Steve Sullivan leading the way. Sullivan doesn't look like he's missed a beat from 2003-04, when he joined Nashville with 24 games left and notched 30 points.
What's getting it done for the Preds this year? Well, the team's balanced defence and great goaltending from Tomas Vokoun has them at 6th in goals against (2.29).
The biggest stat you need to know about Nashville's success is that they have the second-fewest penalty minutes so far this year (12.0), behind only the also successful Buffalo Sabres (11.6). That, combined with the 8th-best powerplay (19.5%) and fifth-best penalty kill (87.5%), is what has them on top.
It's going to be quite the battle for tops in the Central.