Predators X-Factors against the Coyotes

Nearly one week away from restarting the season, albeit directly in the playoffs, plenty of questions already surround the Predators and what we can expect from them against the Coyotes. 

On both ends of the ice, we’ve seen good things so far during this faux training camp. Nashville’s looked cool, calm, and collected, which is a far cry from how they looked before the stoppage. Granted, not everything has been unicorns and rainbows.

But who will be the game changers? Who will be the players that end up being the difference-makers to potentially send the Predators through to the next round? Let’s take a look…

Offensive X-Factor - Kyle Turris

“He listens.”

That’s what Turris said about head coach John Hynes during a press conference this past week when asked what his conversations have been like between the two over the hiatus. While largely innocuous, I don’t believe Turris would have said the same about former Predators coach Peter Laviolette, who was fired back in January.

Turris has seen a bit of a resurgence since Hynes took over. Prior to Laviolette’s departure, Turris netted 17 points in 34 games. In the 28 games afterward, Turris pulled in 14 points and saw a nearly two percent increase in his shooting percentage, along with playing almost two and a half minutes more per night on . . .

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Author: Kristopher MartelCovering the Nashville Predators since 2011, and a fan of the team since they arrived, Kristopher has witnessed both the highs and the lows of the organization, spanning quick exits in the playoffs, multiple coaching changes, their only trip to the Stanley Cup Final, and more. Often trending to a more analytical approach, Kristopher enjoys breaking down some of the more detailed aspects of the Predators while at the same time trying to offer fans a friendly approach to the advanced side of hockey. When he's not around the rink, Kristopher is an avid Cleveland Browns fan, collects and enjoys fine bourbon, and likes to spend plenty of time around his grill and smoker. Kristopher, his wife Amanda, and their four children reside east of Nashville in Lebanon, Tennessee.