The Predators are a good team and a solid contender. But the team to beat? really? I think you are giving them a bit too much credit in that regard.
They're serious contenders for sure. They may be lacking offensively, but the addition of Radulov helps fill that hole a little bit. They're arguably one of the best defensively built teams, and their additions around the deadline bolstered their lineup significantly. The only thing they're lacking is a top center. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if they made it to the Western conf. finals, or even to the SCF.