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Preds Don’t Like Playing “Free” Hockey: Could Hurt In The Long Run

Posted By Nicholas Starcevich On Feb 16 2011 @ 1:50 pm In Nashville Predators | No Comments

Tuesday night against the Sharks the effort was there but in reality the Preds fell short in more ways than just the 2-1 score.  Nashville has yet to record an O.T victory this season (0-5).  Despite having a solid shootout record (6-3) they just can’t seem to close out games during the extra five minute frame.  On top of that, the Preds are a sub .500 team when it comes to 1 score games (13-15 – including O.T and S.O).  As a team, those aren’t exactly the stats you want following you as you’re pushing for a playoff spot.  Come April, May (and maybe even June) there is no such thing as a shoot out. 

In addition to all of that, last night the Preds were unable to tally a goal at even strenth while at the same time giving up 50 shots on goal.  This coming against a San Jose team which is just one of the many teams that Nashville is competing with for one of the top seeds in the West.  So with the inability to finish close games, a poor tunrover ration,  and the lack of a consistent offensive attack, we have to wonder if there is anything else that can be done to help this team right the ship?  Should they/can they make another move before February 28 or is this the same team we saw last year that beat themselves and slowly fell apart in the playoffs? 

Don’t get me wrong the Predators have the young talent (especially on defense), coaching, and personel to get to that next level and start winning these types of games.  The addition of Mike Fisher will only help and we should see that in due time, but  the reality is there just isn’t a whole lot of options left when it comes to tweaking the roster this season.  Much of it has to do with the little room they have left to manovuer under the cap.  This means the product we currently see on the ice may be what the Preds have to run with for the rest of the season. 

A lot of their big money is invested in the young defensemen they have chosen to lead their team (Shea Weber among others)., which is why I really can’t put my finger on why this team won’t click in ways that it should.  But there is still hockey to be played and plenty of opportunities to showcase what they can do.  Regardless of how that sounds, the clock is definately ticking.

So what will be done?  Well…that’s a question they may have to ask themselves…

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