Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/6/13
There are a couple of ways to look at the Predators’ first two games. One is the optimist’s view. Nashville didn’t play all that poorly and in some ways outplayed its two opponents — St. Louis and Colorado. The pessimist’s view would be that a team with a bevy of offensive questions before the season scored only three goals and is winless. If the Predators play like they did the first two games they’ll definitely win at a higher clip than they did during their horrible 2013 lockout-shortened season. They were feistier on the puck had a lot of scoring chances and overall were the “hard to play against” unit that is their trademark. But offense remains the main question. Chances don’t count on the scoreboard and the Predators don’t have a lot of finishers — especially with forwards Filip Forsberg and Viktor Stalberg out of the lineup with injuries. Also the more the Predators lose the longer the sour taste from last season will linger. Here are three takeaways from the first two games. Seth Jones doesn’t just belong in the NHL but he also already might be a top-pairing blueliner. Although the 19-year-old rookie was held pointless through his first two games he showed NHL-ready ability far beyond his age. He’s probably the best passer on the team. He has uncommon mobility and instincts for a rookie. He was rewarded with 25:46 of ice time on Friday against the Avalanche. With Roman Josi possibly out for some time with an upper-body injury it might not be a bad idea for Jones to take Josi’s place on Shea Weber’s left side. Although Jones is a natural right defenseman this group has the potential to grow into an imposing pair for the next several years.
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