Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz said his teams chances of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs were "remote" after losing 4-3 on Sunday to the Chicago Blackhawks.
He updated that after a 1-0 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday Nashvilles seventh in the last eight games -- by saying he was "realistic" about what lies ahead.
Realistic means that at this point, the Predators need a miracle. More than likely, that miracle is not coming.
The Predators have seven games left and trail Detroit by five points for the Western Conferences eighth and final playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Red Wings have nine games left.
Even if Nashville maximizes all of its points by winning all of its remaining games, it will finish with 52 points. Detroit could go 5-4 and still fend off the Predators.
Coming off back-to-back seasons in which the Predators have advanced to the second round of the playoffs, the reality no doubt will prove disappointing if it comes true.
But it also speaks to several factors, on...