VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Outside of Nashville it's easy to overlook Predators defenseman Kimmo Timonen.
But on a team without marquee names and in a league that increasingly stresses size, the 5-10, 196-pound Finnish blue-liner is beginning to get noticed as the surprising Predators (24-18-6-2) drive toward the franchise's first playoff berth in its six-year history.
While Timonen's selection last week as one of four defensive reserves for the Western Conference All-Star team surprised many observers, his teammates and coaches believe others are finally discovering what they have admired since the 28-year-old entered the NHL in 1998-99.
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