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    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork. Dave Keon Jersey .com) - Three games isnt a large sample size by any means, but the Nashville Predators are already seeing results under new head coach Peter Laviolette. If there was ever a team in need of an identity change, it was the Predators. For 15 seasons since its inception prior to the 1998-99 season, Nashville was guided behind the bench by Barry Trotz. And to his credit, Trotz managed to do some great things with minimal resources. Nashville reached the playoffs seven times over an eight-season span from 2004-12, but missing out on the postseason in back-to-back years finally brought about the end of the Trotz era. Under Trotz, the Predators were always known as a defensively strong team, with the likes of Kimmo Timonen and Ryan Suter making a name for themselves while with the Preds. In fact, it is a defenseman in Shea Weber who serves as captain and is the most recognizable face of the franchise. Weber leads a still-strong unit that also contains the talented Roman Josi and a potential future blue line star in Seth Jones. Thats where Laviolette comes in. His job was to get Nashville more balanced on offense -- Webers 23 goals last season ranked second on the club -- and so far he has been up to the task. Nashville has scored nine goals through three games. Again, a small sample size but consider that the Predators averaged just 2.61 goals per game last season and 2.27 the campaign prior. A telling sign that Laviolettes system is working is the fast start by Filip Forsberg. The 20-year-old Swede has a goal and three assists through three games after managing just five points total in 13 games last season with Nashville. Forsberg was the 11th overall pick of the 2012 draft by Washington, which sent him to Nashville on April 3, 2013 for Martin Erat. Forsberg has had offensive success in Sweden and the AHL, and broke out with four goals and 12 points in seven games for his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but has struggled to stick in the NHL. He may finally emerge as a scoring threat under Laviolette if this pace keeps up. Im just trying to play as hard as I can every night; thats something I learned last year when I was starting out, Forsberg told Nashvilles website. Ive been really trying to earn my ice time, and it feels good to get this chance. Hopefully I can continue to keeping playing good here. While he never got a chance with the Capitals and played in only 18 games under Trotz in two seasons, Laviolette currently has Forsberg on his top line with Mike Ribeiro and James Neal. Nashville also has been a tough team to play under Laviolette in the early going. The Preds posted three-goal third periods in winning their first two games of the season versus Ottawa and Dallas after needing 20 games last season to record a pair of three-goal final frames. What makes the Predators offense a potential force is the fact that Neal, the clubs big offseason acquisition from Pittsburgh, has yet to get going. Its only a matter of time, though, as the winger has fired 12 shots in three games and is toping Nashville forwards with 17 minutes and 53 seconds of ice time. Ill get back to work here, and Ive just got to keep shooting pucks. I felt like I had some good looks in the first two games and if I keep doing what Im doing, theyll come, Neal told Nashvilles website. You just have to stay even keel, you cant get too high or too low. Its a long season, you stay in the game and your bounces will come as long as you keep working for them. It is a long season and the Predators offense will certainly have its ups and downs as it gets fully acclimated to Laviolette. But like a well-cooked meal, the early return has raised the excitement level. Curtis McElhinney Jersey . - Kentucky freshmen Stanley Boom Williams, Dorian Baker, Drew Barker and Tymere Dubose have been charged with disorderly conduct for their involvement with air pistol shots being fired near a residence hall on the South campus Sunday night. Joffrey Lupul Jersey .40 metres at the Drake Relays. Drouin, from Corunna, Ont., bested his own record of 2.38 metres set in Aug.Leigh Griffiths admits he will have to prove himself to the new Celtic manager next season, despite being named PFA Scotland footballer of the year. And the Hoops striker plans to bulk up in an effort to nail down a regular starting berth in Scotland manager Gordon Strachans international line-up. Tuesday marks the 30th anniversary of Hearts losing the league title at Dens Park Celtic are looking for their third boss in just over two years after Ronny Deila revealed last month that he will not be in charge of the five-in-a-row champions after the summer. Despite scoring 39 goals in all competitions this season, the former Hibernian and Wolves striker says there are a number of aspects he can still improve on.Speaking from the Hoops Lennoxtown training complex, where he showed off the trophy he picked up at a ceremony in Glasgow on Sunday, he said: This is the main one.For a professional footballer, you are playing against teams week in and week out and for them to vote you the best player in the country is special. Ronny Deilla calling time on Hoops this summer after two years at Celtic Park But you can always improve, you cant just rest on what you have been doing so far. Next season I will be looking to improve my game, I will be stronger, more physical, trying to hold defenders off, and keep scoring goals.The fitness guys give you a programme to work on. We are not going to get a lot of time off, especially with the Scotland games cominng up as well. Mitchell Marner Jersey. But for the time Im going to get off, I will be in the gym a lot. I will be going out running and Ill be coming back fit.Everyone at the club will have a clean slate. The new manager coming in will have players who are in favour and players who wont be in favour. Its just up to them to work their way back into the squad. Griffiths (on floor) celebrates goal No 39 of the campaign in win over Hearts Ive had a good season so far but the new manager coming in will have his own idea and hopefully I will be part of that plan.And Griffiths, who has been capped seven times by Scotland, believes he has to increase his upper body strength in order to wrest the No 9 jersey from Sunderlands Steven Fletcher and Chris Martin of Derby.I have to because Im not the tallest, he said. Ive got a good spring on me, but Im not like Fletcher or Chris Martin who have got a bit of height about them. Gordon Strachan gave Griffiths Scotland debut against Croatia Im a small guy who will put himself about but Ive not got that height so I need to be stronger and hold defenders off.Griffiths received his award from Strachan but admits he resisted the temptation to lobby the national coach for a start in the forthcoming friendlies against Italy and France.I did that a couple of years ago when I won the sports writers award, added Griffiths, who only played 15 minutes of Scotlands failed Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. He was a guest at the top table and I managed to win that award and I gave him a little bit for not picking me beforehand. And I managed to get my debut a couple of weeks later when we played Croatia.But Im just happy to be back in the squad now, and if I can get a start Ill be buzzing, and if not Ill sit on the bench and wait my turn.We have a lot of good strikers that are all vying for than one place. 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