While the Nashville Predators recently broke an awful losing streak, work remains yet to do. Tonight the Predators will field a complete, healthy roster, which means it'll be important to finish this homestand well. Marcel Goc returns to boost the bottom two lines, and Jason Arnott will look to continue his progress made on Saturday. The losses to the Blue Jackets and Red Wings led hockey journalists to once again drop Nashville further in their rankings, and justifiably so.
The Preds had lost five in a row before beating Atlanta on Saturday, but these are the kinds of stretches that cost you a playoff spot. Again.
Special teams are hurting a team that plays more one-goal games than anyone. Nashville's penalty kill is 29th, the power play 26th.
Ryan Suter is excited about playing in the Olympics, but not the idea of stepping in front of a shot by Nashville teammate Shea Weber. "No, it would not be fun," he said.
By losing two of the three games they played in Week 18, the Preds dropped out of the top 10 in the rankings. Nashville's only win of the week put an end to a five-game losing streak.
Tough call on whether to keep Dan Ellis or Pekka Rinne at season's end; both are UFAs and neither is getting wins right now.
Saturday's win over Atlanta snapped a five-game losing streak, but the Preds power play is still firing blanks, going 1-for-24 (4.2%) in the last eight.
They aren't having trouble getting the puck on the net, outshooting foes 213-130 in the last six games. The emptiness of that stat is reflected in a five-game losing skid snapped in Saturday's 4-3 win over Atlanta. They were outscored 7-1 on special teams in the six games. "You can't be 29th in the league on both sides of penalties and expect to win," said goalie Dan Ellis