Originally written on Smashville 24/7  |  Last updated 10/23/14
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Throughout their years of prominence, the Detroit Red Wings have had two constants. One is defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who owns an NHL-record seven – seven! – Norris Trophies. The other is Tomas Holmstrom, who has set up shop in front of goaltenders his whole career.“He’s always there and he’s been doing that for years,” Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said. “His teammates always know that he’s going to be there at the net. He’s probably been the best in the business for many, many years.”It’s hard to find a clone of Holmstrom, a player that can fearlessly can stand in front of the net and deposit the ‘garbage’ goals on a consistent basis. The Predators have their own version of Holmstrom, though, in Patric Hornqvist.Hornqvist has scored 20-plus goals in three consecutive seasons, the first time a Predators draft pick has done so. Early in his career, Hornqvist has found his niche and excels at picking up goals around the crease.“In practice, Hornqvist finds the pucks like
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