I was ready to move the Nashville Predators back up into the top-four of the division until their most recent no-show against the Florida Panthers that ended in a 3-0 shutout loss. This tea continues to be very unpredictable and not consistent.
It was a very rough month of November as the Predators went 4-7-2, including a six-game losing streak and two losses by a five-goal deficit. Not the team we were expecting to see going into the season. Now they’re battling to climb back into the wildcard hunt and avoid being a fringe playoff team.
Is that what this team really is? Just a fringe playoff team? This upcoming month of December is going to teach us a lot about whether last month was more of a fluke or if this is truly who they are. Roster decisions have been questioned greatly and the coaching staff has been under some serious scrutiny.
If this team continues to struggle, perhaps the Predators will start entertaining starting over with just their third head coach in franchise history. I think they’re still a ways away from that, but this team really needs a long winning streak to climb back into the division race. They find themselves only five points out of the top-three so they’re not completely buried yet.