When Coyotes general manager Don Maloney looks at the Nashville Predators, he might as well be peering into a crystal ball to see the future of his own team.
Theres not a more similar franchise to us in the league, Maloney said. When I came here, I used Nashville as a model for how we wanted to do things.
Like the Coyotes, the Predators play in a non-traditional hockey market that theyve called home for less than two decades.
Like the Coyotes, the Predators have been hampered by cap constraints because that non-traditional market hasnt produced the revenue streams necessary to keep up with the Rangers, Flyers and Red Wings of the hockey world.
Like the Coyotes, the Predators have staked their future on astute drafting, painstaking player development, cerebral coaching, suffocating defense and water-tight goaltending.
And like the Coyotes, the Predators are finally getting a taste of playoff success as they prepare for a Western Conference semifinal series with the Coyotes that ...