Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 1/18/13
Photo Credit: sportsnet.ca Coming out of the NHL lockout, there’s a lot of unknowns.  Some are of the general variety, and can be applied to all 30 teams.  Will there be rust?  An increased amount of injuries?  Will teams employing a particular style have an advantage, the way the 1995 dead-puck Devils did? Will teams that had a substantial amount of players active in other leagues hit their stride quicker? Of course, individual teams will have their own unique questions to answer.  Will this be the year that the talented-but-inexperienced Oilers boil over into a force?  How will the addition of high-profile free agents affect the Minnesota Wild?  Will the Canucks pass the torch to Cory Schneider, and if so, are they willing to let more time pass on the Roberto Luongo situation? Like other teams, the Nashville Predators will need to answer their own questions, and have only a hectic 48 games to do so. Let’s look at this in three categories: offense, defense, goaltending. The forward group
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