The Nashville Predators play 12 of their last 18 games at home. Theoretically, they have a chance to claw back into the playoff hunt.But they need to reverse their form quickly. The Predators struggled through a 1-4 road trip while allowing 20 goals.
Injuries wiped out forwards Patric Hornqvist, Paul Gaustad, Colin Wilson as well as defensemen Hal Gill and Scott Hannan. Some youthful fill-ins have appeared a bit overwhelmed at times.
That was evident during a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jackets in Columbus.“We lost, and some of the mistakes we made is sort of say a broken record,” coach Barry Trotz told reporters afterward. “Some guys are making some blunders. We didn’t quit at the end, that was a positive, but positive doesn’t get you points. Close but no cigar. You need 20 guys. Right now we’re a little shorthanded, guys are trying to stay in the league, some guys are trying to make the team, some guys are trying to make a difference."
Trotz is also miffed at some of his veteran players, most