Originally written on Smashville 24/7  |  Last updated 10/24/14
“The Central Division is an absolute bear, but it’s been good for us. Being a young team, it forces us to play well every night.” – Barry TrotzThere is no question that the Central Division is the best division in the NHL (sorry Pennsylvania and Metro New York City). Heading into the All-Star break, the Central boasts four of the top six teams in the Western Conference standings, as Chicago, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis are all in contention.Given that they are three points back of division-leading Detroit (through Tuesday’s action), the attention of Barry Trotz and the Nashville Predators has solely turned to chasing down the franchise’s first division crown. Is it realistic? With the way the Preds have played going into the break, why not?As the All-Star break is imminent, the Preds are closer to Detroit (3 points) than ninth-seed Colorado (10 points). Trotz admits that the mindset has changed from being pleased with a playoff berth to seriously gunning for th...
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