Take one look at Barry Trotz’s resume and it’s a downright shame he hasn’t been recognized for his achievements more than once. Trotz is the only coach the Predators franchise has ever known. At the end of last season, he coached his 900th game with the team. Nashville has made the postseason five of the past six years and has won at least 40 games each season since the lockout. But Trotz has worked his magic with a combination of different players. He’s had four different scoring leaders over the past six seasons and could have a different leader again this season. Sure Nashville hasn’t won a playoff round yet, but this is a regular season trophy. Trotz was nominated for only the first time last season, but this man not only deserves another nomination for the Jack Adams, he is overdue to win it for the first time. — Rory Boylen, The Hockey News
Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh Penguins
Have found a way to get back on track without Sidney Crosby and have also won without Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal in the lineup this season.
Alain Vigneault, Vancouver Canucks
Third in PP, fifth in PK, four of Vancouver’s 10 losses have come in two extended losing streaks.
Craig Ramsay, Atlanta Thrashers
Recent skid hurts, but putting Byfuglien on defense, increasing Andrew Ladd’s responsibility and promotion of Alex Burmistrov and Anthony Stewart still great decisions.
Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks
Life without Scott Niedermayer has been rough in shots-against department, but Anaheim’s PP is second in league.
Jacques Martin, Montreal Canadiens
PK is among league’s best and PP, currently 11th, has been steadily improving all season.
Marc Crawford, Dallas Stars
Who expected this performance to keep up? Langenbrunner trade shows Dallas is serious about taking a run at the Cup this season.
Mike Babcock, Detroit Red Wings
Another coach who can’t be discredited because of the names on his roster, Babcock has led a team many expected to take a step back to near the top of the conference. Injuries to Datsyuk, Rafalski, Howard, Osgood haven’t slowed this juggernaut.
Peter Laviolette, Philadelphia Flyers
Yes he has a lot of noteworthy players, but Flyers began without a No. 1 goalie and were without Chris Pronger for an extended period. Flyers haven’t lost back-to-back games since the Christmas holidays.
Guy Boucher, Tampa Bay Lightning
Have pulled back to even in goals-for/against ratio.
Barry Trotz, Nshaville Predators
When out-shooting the other team, Nashville has an NHL-best .636 winning percentage.