Mar 11, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Nashville Predators center Nick Spaling (13) and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel (5) go after a loose puck during the third period at First Niagara Center. Predators beat the Sabres 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday's Predlines Headlines: Nashville Wins Two Straight

Nashville won its second game in a row Tuesday night after defeating the Buffalo Sabres on the road with a 4-1 margin. Shea Weber earned the “First Star” honors and notched a goal and an assist in his performance. Carter Hutton stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced.

The ironic thing about these past two games was I kinda hoped that we would begin to tank, because Nashville’s playoff chances now stand at less than 1%. However, now the Predators are getting my hopes up again, and they will be quickly dashed after its next back-to-back with Chicago and St. Louis. Granted, the last win was against a team that is in complete rebuild mode, but the Preds did score four. Now with some optimism, we move to today’s Predline Headlines.

  • Should the Preds begin a rebuilding effort? Dirk Hoag reminded us on On The Forecheck that is what Buffalo is in a rebuild now, and if fans want a rebuild, then look at what Buffalo is like right now. I really hope the Preds don’t try to have a garage sell when the team has the best defensmen and a premiere goalie in the league, but if Nashville can pick up a nice foward in the draft this year and sign a top-six forward (yeah, we sound like broken records) then maybe a playoff berth is possible for next year. Maybe.
  • The dead horse of the month is overtime changes and that is what is being discussed at the GM meetings in Florida this week. I don’t like the shootout, but the 3-on-3 rule that is being proposed just seems worse to me. Also on the agenda is tweaks to the video review system. It’s hard to tell how this will be enforced and if it would work, but the GMs are trying to find ways to progress the game and eliminate bad calls. – TSN

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