The Nashville Predators or as they're known to Hawks fans, "The Most Annoying Team In the World" visit the United Center tonight.
Every year, the Preds show up with no names, a bunch of kids, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, and make life hell on everyone. They do it through their exemplary coaching and discipline. They forecheck hard, they don't take penalties, they make you pay for your mistakes and don't make any of their own. They put up roadblocks in the neutral zone, exit theirs cleanly, it's just infuriating.
The Preds have gotten off to a some-good, some-bad start. They're 5-4-1. They've been hurt by injuries, with top liners Martin Erat and Mike Fisher missing most of the seasn so far. Fisher will be out tonight again as well. They're also missing a couple bottom liners, and are mixing and matching down there.
The Hawks have a clean bill of health. It looks like Rostislav Olesz will actually emerge from the shadows tonight and prove that he does exist. Why this player who makes ...