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Predators need offensive consistency to keep playoff hopes alive


Mar 4, 2014


There’s a reason the Pittsburgh Penguins are the number one team in the Eastern Conference and one of the top three teams in the entire league. There’s also a reason why the Nashville Predators are outside of the wildcard race and are struggling to maintain any hope of squeaking into the playoffs.

With the return of Predators star goaltender Pekka Rinne, Nashville was able to keep the game tied at one through forty minutes. Yet, as the way the rest of the season has gone for the Predators, breaks just weren’t in their favor tonight, dropping their second in a row by a score of 3-1. As the Dallas Stars lost outright in regulation and the Phoenix Coyotes lost in overtime, Nashville missed out on a opportunity to grab two very important points in hopes of keeping their playoff dreams alive.

“This just can’t happen anymore. We can’t keep losing these types of games, we’re not in a very good spot. We’re not going to quit though, we believe in each other in here and with Pekka coming back we know he can steal a few games for us,” said Predators forward Patric Hornqvist.

Nashville has scored 151 goals this season, fourth lowest in the entire league, and have scored more than two goals once in their past five games. A team notorious for having to score at least three goals to be able to win, the Predators are 23-2-5 this year when meeting that mark. When they don’t? A dismal 3-24-5. The problem as of late, though, is that the Predators are running into stiff competition and unfortunate bounces, two things that can be detrimental to a team as fragile as Nashville has been.

“Obviously it’s tough for us when we only score one goal and I know we can be better. We have to be,” said Hornqvist.

Things don’t get any easier for the Predators, either.

With the St. Louis Blues, best in the West and the second best overall team in the league, coming in Thursday and the Columbus Blue Jackets, winners of three straight and holding on to the final wildcard spot in the East, coming in on Saturday, Nashville has to salvage some part of their current five-game home stand before heading out on the road for seven of their next eight games after that.

“Obviously you want to get points. We played well and were on the right track but we just couldn’t get points these past two games. It was close, but we need to find a way to get points,” said Predators defenseman Roman Josi.

While going 1-3-2 in their previous six games does nothing but dwindle the already slim hopes of the Predators making the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the team as a whole has not played that poorly. A couple calls in their favor or a couple bounces their way and Nashville could be leading the wildcard chase.

Yet, in the end, Nashville currently sits in the same position they’ve been in for the majority of the entire season: on the outside looking in. Even with Rinne back in net, an obvious statistical boost in goaltending, they can’t win without goal support.

Unless the Predators can start finding the back of the net soon, and consistently, they’ll miss the playoffs for the second year in row, something they haven’t done in over a decade.

Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua