The Nashville Predators hoped arrive in Denver on a season high-tying four-game winning streak - and in the top eight in the Western Conference - but one of the worst 20-minute stretches in club history prevented that.
Their recent play on the road may suggest that they'll have a difficult time bouncing back.
The Predators will be seeking just their second victory in 12 games away from Nashville when they face the Western Conference-worst Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
Looking to sweep a four-game homestand, Nashville (14-14-6) was burned for six first-period goals en route to a 7-4 loss to Phoenix on Thursday. It matched the highest number given up in a period in club history and tied the Predators' total allowed over the previous three games.
A victory would have pulled Nashville into a tie with St. Louis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"Yeah, it was embarrassing,'' said Pekka Rinne, who was pulled after giving up three goals but returned when Chris Mas...