Predators Coach Barry Trotz warmly invited the question about Ryan Suter on Friday morning in Scottrade Center's visiting locker room.

There's a reason why Trotz wanted so badly to talk about Suter.

With Suter's normal defensive partner, team captain Shea Weber, out indefinitely with a concussion, Trotz has seen a change in him. More vocal in the locker room, more responsible on the ice, Suter has embraced his expanded role. And for Suter, this current stretch is a chance to break out of Weber's shadow.

"I think he has been really, really good," Trotz said.