NASHVILLE TN - OCTOBER 19: Goalie Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators reacts after giving up the game winning overtime goal as Predators defensemen Kevin Klein #8 and Cody Franson #4 watch Brendan Morrison #8 of the Calgary Flames celebrate on October 19 2010 in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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In this week's power rankings roundup, we've got a bushel of opinions from around the internet to bring you. There's high praise for Barry Trotz, encouraging words on Anders Lindback, and the general disbelief as to how the Preds are so competitive.
With the addition of quite a few outlets, we'll do things after the jump today. Follow below where Nashville averages out as the 5th best team in hockey...
What They're Saying
Does it really matter who is in goal there? Preds still haven't lost in regulation without Pekka Rinne.
The Preds are getting it done with players named Anders Lindback, Cal O'Reilly and Kevin Klein. (Hey, didn't the last one star in "A Fish Called Wanda"?) God bless Barry Trotz.
One of just three teams left without a regulation loss, although Preds blew a 2-0 third period lead to Washington before succumbing in overtime.
Name to know: Anders Lindback, a 6-foot-6 Swede who is pushing Pekka Rinne for time in the Preds' net.
Honestly, how does coach Barry Trotz not win the Jack Adams every single season? Youngsters Cal O'Reilly and Colin Wilson looking good early on.
Nashville has yet to lose a game in regulation, picking up five of a possible six points in Week 2. Steve Sullivan continued to have a hot hand, picking up three goals in the three games, giving him five points (four goals) in the Predators first four games.
You never know how the Predators keep doing it, but they're always competitive.
The Preds are the only Western team without a regulaton loss.
Pekka Rinne, injured in a season-opening win over the Ducks, should be cleared to return to action this week. The Preds might just encourage him to take his time. Filling in for him, rookie Anders Lindback gave Nashville some solid relief, posting a .921 save percentage in wins over the Hawks and Blues and an OT loss to the Caps. Rinne was expected to handle a Brodeur-like workload this season, but Lindback's performance might encourage the Preds to lighten it.
The Predators blew a two goal lead in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals Saturday night, but still have yet to lose in regulation time.
Rookie G Anders Lindback was forced into action for three of the first four games, but now it appears that Pekka Rinne is ready to resume his starting role.
Ovechkin's stop in Music City drew a non-sellout crowd of 16,144, and this on a lovely fall Saturday with no competition in town for the sports' entertainment dollar and the Preds starting fast. Hmmm...
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