In any sport, when a team puts together a run of success, the word "confidence" will work its way into the discussion. The Nashville Predators in November are yet another example of this. While the team is yet to hit its peak level, the 4-0-2 start to November has fueled the confidence inside the Nashville locker room. Just like anything else, success breeds confidence - and confidence breeds more success.
Take the Predators penalty-killing unit, for example. The current November point streak has coincided with six consecutive games without allowing a power-play goal. After some early struggles (Nashville allowed nine power-play goals in their first 19 times shorthanded on the road), the PK has turned into a key catalyst in recent wins. In particular, the team came up big in Thursday's win over Anaheim.
Early in the second period with Nashville leading 1-0, P.K. Subban was whistled for a double-minor on a high-sticking infraction. The subsequent kill inspired the crowd and jump started the Predators on the other end. James Neal's goal shortly after made it 2-0. Then, on another kill, a hustling Viktor Arvidsson stole the puck behind the Ducks' net, and found a cutting Colton Sissons for a back-breaking, shorthanded goal to make it 3-0.