No carryover from Game 5? Are you sure?Take a look at the points the #4 defense in the league has let slip away this season, then do the math. Not very comforting.
vs. Capitals, led 2-0 after 2, lost 3-2 in ot.
vs. Penguins, led 3-2 with 8 minutes to go, lost 4-3 in ot.
at Coyotes, led 3-2 with 16 to go, lost 4-3.
at Ducks, allowed goal with 2 seconds remaining, lost 5-4.
vs. Rangers, led 1-0 with 7 minutes to go, lost 2-1 in so.
at Thrashers, led 2-1 with 13 minutes to go, lost 3-2 in ot.
vs. Stars, led 2-1 with 19 to go, lost 4-2.
at Panthers, led 2-1 with 7 to go, lost 3-2.
at Chicago, led 3-2 with 11 to go, lost 6-3.
at Oilers, led 1-0 after 2 and 2-1 with 4 to go, won in so 3-2.
at Vancouver led 1-0 with 10 to go, lost 2-1, the gw goal scored by a d-man in his first NHL game.
vs. Flames led 1-0 after 2 and 2-1 with 11 to go, lost in 3-2 so.
In only 2 of these games did the Preds score after relinquishing the lead, so if they're behind in the 3rd it's almost always see ya later. And losses to much inferior teams as the Leafs and the Senators can't be discounted either. I know you can't win 'em all, but this propensity does not bode well for a playoff stretch run in which 11 other teams are scratching and clawing for 6 playoff spots. It's amazing the Predators are still in 4th, but they have multiple games left with really good teams. They could still miss the playoffs if the defense, good as it is, can't make the few goals generated by the offense stand up. Unless, of course, the offense can.light it up the rest of the way.