Predators not backing down

The Predators leads the NHL with 24 fighting majors and an average of 24 penalty minutes per game.

Updated: November 13, 2003, 1:22 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Sixth-year expansion club Nashville isn't the most talented team in the NHL, but they're proving they won't be pushovers this season.

It's too early to compare the Predators to Philadelphia's 1970s Broad Street Bullies, but Nashville leads the NHL with 24 fighting majors and an average of 24 penalty minutes per game through 14 games. The Predators had 23 fighting majors and averaged 11.8 penalty minutes per game last season.

McKenzie
McKenzie
Since then, the Predators have sought to add size and toughness. Newcomers include left wingers Jim McKenzie (6-4 and 230 pounds) and Jeremy Stevenson (6-1, 215 pounds) and defensemen Wade Brookbank (6-4, 219 pounds) and Jamie Allison (6-1, 210 pounds). Defensemen Tomas Kloucek (6-3, 230 pounds) and Robert Schnabel (6-6, 232 pounds) were promoted from the minors and 20-year-old rookie right winger Jordin Tootoo (5-8, 198 pounds) doesn't back down from anyone.

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