The Nashville Predators have had all kinds of problems finding the back of the net this season. In an effort to find some scoring without making drastic changes to the NHL roster, General Manager David Poile spent most of this past week making some moves. On Monday, he claimed Bobby Butler off waivers from the New Jersey Devils. On Tuesday, he went back to the waiver wire and plucked former first round pick Zach Boychuk from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Then, less than 24 hours later, he recalled defenseman Victor Bartley from the Milwaukee Admirals. And if that wasn’t enough, on Thursday, he sent Matt Halischuk — a 15-goal scorer a year ago — to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment.
His team promptly responded with a 6-0 drubbing of the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. As a result, the big question became “is this really the new Predators or is this just a one-game anomaly?”
Saturday night suggested that, unfortunately, it was just an anomaly.
The Predators welcomed in their old frie...