Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 3/27/13
Photo Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports With Predators forward and faceoff specialist Paul Gaustad out since March 12th with an upper body injury, Nashville has had to dig deep to find dependable success in the faceoff circle while Gaustad heals. As usual, the Predators roster finds a way to step up in place of their injured comrades. Getting contributions from the usual sources of Mike Fisher, David Legwand, and Nick Spaling, the Predators have also seen contributions come from Martin Erat, Colin Wilson, Brandon Yip, and Chris Mueller. While Nashville is finding ways to win games coming down the home stretch, winning faceoffs is an important reason why their doing so. “It’s really important. Some people go, ‘oh that’s just a faceoff.’ If you start with the puck, especially penalty kill/five-on-five, the game is easier. It’s one of those very important stats, that unless you’re in the business you sort of just blow buy it an go, “eh, he’s just a good faceoff guy, no big deal,” bu...
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