Originally written on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 1/31/12
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Barry Trotz likes the improvements his Predators have made this season -- and he thinks his young team can get even better. Nashville came out of the All Star break with the NHL's best record since Dec. 28 at 12-2-0. Fifth in the Western Conference, only the Rangers (31), Boston (31) and Detroit (33) have more wins than the Predators (30), who started the season as the NHL's youngest team and now are tied for second-youngest in the league. "This group is a very easy group to work with, good focus, good energy, high commitment level," Trotz said after a short practice Monday. "And they're actually playing with a lot of joy, and that's key." Expectations are pretty high for a franchise that lost the Western Conference semifinals in six games last season despite its youthful roster. Playing in the Central Division has helped push the Predators to play their best. Even though they trail Detroit and St. Louis in the division, the Predators are 11-2-2 with t...
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