If last season is any predictor, then Shea Weber is due on Thursday when the Nashville Predators host the Los Angeles Kings.
A finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHLs top defenseman in each of the last two seasons (and signatory to -- oh, by the way -- a 14-year, 110-million contract last July), Weber has failed to earn a point in any of the Predators first nine games -- by far the longest drought of his career to start a season.
In spite of Webers lack of production -- his 19 goals last season tied him for the most in the league by a defenseman and his 49 points ranked him sixth among rearguards -- the Predators have managed a credible 4-2-3 start, good enough for sixth in the Western Conference.
Yet on Wednesday when asked by FOXSportsTennessee.com if the Preds could continue to win without production from the owner of one of the leagues hardest slapshots, general manager David Poile preferred not to dwell on such a dire hypothetical.
Id rather answer that hes going to prod...