The Predators had a quietly outstanding season this year, going 51-23-8 for 108 points, despite playing to sparse crowds at home, and wearing Grey Poupon-colored uniforms. Their trade-deadline deal for Peter Forsberg added yet another scoring forward to a line-up that includes Paul Kariya, diminutive speedster Scott Sullivan, J.P. Dumont, David Legwand, and Martin Erat. Their D is mobile and skilled, led by the hilariously named Kimmo Timonen (just say it out loud without smiling, we dare you), Marek Zidlicky (ditto), and Shea Webber (2 out of 3 ain't bad).
In goal, Tomas Vokoun had another excellent year, and his "backup", Chris Mason, is their 2nd
goalie in the same way that Vesa Toskala is the Sharks' backup.
By Ian, contributing