Ryan Suter can tell that his skating has been fleet and smooth.

His passes have been crisp and hitting teammates in stride.

His shots — though they haven't gone into the net — have been low, accurate and generated rebounds.

Normally, it's tough to mine a compliment out of Suter about himself. But on Monday the Predators defenseman had no problem describing the clarity in his game so far in Nashville's playoff series against Detroit.

"This is the best hockey I've played in a long time. I feel very confident out there and very comfortable," Suter said. "You know when you're playing well, and I feel like I'm playing good and making good passes and making the right plays."