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It's hard to imagine the Nashville Predators being anything but comfortable with their playoff fate this season.
In many people's minds, they enter their series against the Detroit Red Wings not as underdogs, but as favorites for a change.
The Predators are always a joy for a true hockey fan to watch, as they are the embodiment of a pure hockey club. Outside of the one "major" trade they made for Peter Forsberg years ago, the Predators are a completely homegrown franchise.
They have several different weapons, and players of all different calibers that can get the job done for them.
But while they may be favorites in their series against the Red Wings, they certainly aren't favorites to win the Stanley Cup.
With that being said, the safest thing to bank on for the Predators is them just coming out and playing hockey.
It was hard to pick a single player that this team is counting on the most, but when you look at the scoresheet, it becomes immediately apparent.
The Predators aren't a team that has an issue scoring goals necessarily, but they don't score a lot. The goals come in furies for this club, and they bank on the stellar play of their goaltender Pekka Rinne.