The Nashville Predators, 29-19-3, with 61 points, dropped all three of their games last week after coming off a spectacular road trip in Canada. The lost ground in the playoff chase led journalists to drop them across the board in their power rankings, some more significantly than others.
Just a week after closing in on the Big Three with a trio of road wins, they gave back all the ground they gained. Monday's 4-3 home loss to the Leafs was embarrassing, but dropping close games in Phoenix and Denver could really come back and haunt them in April. Might help them get back on track if ice cold captain Jason Arnott (one goal on his last 49 shots) starts finding the back of the net.
The way the Preds played in Week 17, the team is lucky to still be in the top 10 in the rankings. After running the table in Week 16, Nashville failed to win a game last week, dropping three straight to Toronto, Phoenix and Colorado.
Jason Arnott has just one goal in his past 15 contest
According to the Tennessean, Barry Trotz is hoping to scrap his goalie rotation sooner rather than later.
Lost all three last week and the power play is 1-for-13 (7.7%) in the last five games, sliding down to seventh in the West.
This is how my boys from Nashville reacted to a season-high No. 5 ranking last week: three straight losses..
Jason Arnott has just 12 goals this season, only one in his past 15 games.