After gaining points in seven straight, the Nashville Predators lost two games in a row. Other teams are starting to make playoff pushes, rising in our power rankings.
The race for Western Conference supremacy is getting down to the nitty-gritty. Teams have around 24 games left in the season making every point imperative to postseason hopes. While the Nashville Predators still hold great positioning in the standings, their recent play is concerning. Especially since other teams are making impressive statements on the ice.
It has been a tough stretch for the Predators. Honestly, it is hard to watch. For a team with high expectations, they floundered against teams considered weaker by many. In many cases, the Predators fell behind early and were forced to come back. One game they were successful in completing a comeback. The others, not so much. We put a Twitter poll together just to see what you believe was the reason for the struggles. Most of you (57%) suggested it was simply execution.
To be honest, I believe coaching is part of it. Now, I am not saying fire Peter Laviolette, but going 0 for 21 on the power play and doing the same things over and over again shows lack of coaching. The team needs to make adjustments.
With the results last week, how does our new power rankings look?