Posted March 08, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Nashville Predators aren't that far out of the Western Conference playoff picture, but they need to start moving in the right direction. A matchup with the road-weary Edmonton Oilers could help. Nashville will try to avoid a season-high fourth straight defeat on Friday night at Bridgestone Arena in the first of three meetings between these clubs over the next 18 days. Currently 11th in the West - two points in front of Edmonton (8-10-5) - the Predators (9-9-5) are just five points back of the third spot with 25 games left. "That's not really dire yet," coach Barry Trotz said after Thursday's practice. "The dire truth is there are 12 teams that are all around you.'' The Predators can keep an eye on the standings as they reach the half-point of this shortened-season, but the focus should be on fixing an offense that's last in the league with 45 goals and 23.9 shots per game. Nashville tallied one goal each night during a three-game Cali...
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