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After road trip ‘from hell,’ Trotz says changes are coming in Nashville

Mar 5, 2013, 3:54 PM EST

Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz looks on prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on January 31, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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On the heels of a 5-1 thrashing in Los Angeles and what he called “a [road] trip from hell,” Barry Trotz said the Predators could be in for a significant shakeup.

“We’re going to have to make some changes,” Nashville’s head coach said on Monday night, courtesy Mayor’s Manor. “We’re going to have to change some guys. It’s not working for us.”

Nashville has just two wins in its last nine games and has been wildly inconsistent offensively.

Beginning on Feb. 16, the Preds scored 11 goals over a three-game stretch against Anaheim, Colorado and Detroit, but were then shut out in back-to-back losses to Vancouver and Detroit.

The Preds followed that up by exploding in a 5-4 OT win over Dallas…which was followed by the aforementioned hellish road trip.

Nashville suffered three losses in which they scored just three times (a 5-1 loss at Anaheim, 2-1 loss at San Jose and Monday’s 5-1 loss at LA.)

Yeah, not good.

Overall, Nashville has the league’s worst offense and last year’s three leading scorers — Martin Erat, David Legwand and Mike Fisher — have combined for just 27 points.

The Preds have claimed forwards Bobby Butler and Zach Boychuk off waivers to try and shake things up, but Trotz suggested those aren’t the only moves Nashville plans on making.

Here’s more Trotz, from Mayor’s Manor:

“Somebody’s going to be getting knocked out of the lineup. We’ve only had 20 guys. So there’s no backside pressure by anybody. We don’t have any extra guys right now, so everybody’s comfortable.

“The comfort level is going to be out the door, because A, we’re going to be looking at recalling some people, or obviously we picked up Bobby Butler on waivers. I’m sure our management and scouts are out there looking. I know the last couple days they’ve met, and trying to improve us.

“So that’s what it is right now. Now we’re not playing good as a hockey team, and then we’re not winning games where you have to win hockey games.”

The next two weeks will prove to be pretty crucial for the Preds.

They’ll get most of this week off, returning on Friday for a two-game homestand against the Oilers (Friday) and Wild (Saturday.)

After that, it’s off on another roadie — this time, a trek through Dallas, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Columbus that will see the Preds play five games in seven nights.

  1. phillyphannn83 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Your welcome. We told you this would happen the second you matched Shea Weber’s offer sheet but once again, Philly fans don’t know what they’re talking about, right?

    • georgejarkko - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Apparently Philly fans don’t know how to type “*You’re* welcome.”

      Cue “who cares? it’s the internet!”

  2. bellicosejeff - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Our problems THIS SEASON have nothing to do with matching Weber. lf you honestly think it does then you may indeed not know what you’re talking about. This is damn near the same team as last year. #8 in goals with one of the top PP last year. We lost Suter, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Radulov. The two forwards were on the team maybe a month. Suter loss may he hurting us, but still. Matching a deal doesn’t make the players you already have stop scoring.

    Also, the whole Suter and Weber situation screwed us getting in on anyone of worth from free agency this past offseason. They were the #1 priority. Sorry we made Philly fans so mad by not allowing your team to steal our captain. I’ve said this before, if by chance the Weber deal becomes too much for our POOR little franchise you’ll read about it here I’m sure.

  3. bellicosejeff - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Correction, Andrei was on the team more than 1 month, but he didn’t contribute all that much when he was here.

  4. blomfeld - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    HANG IN THERE NASHVILLE …

    While we Kings may have got the better of you guys last night, that takes nothing away from the fact that the Predators are a “quality” franchise who are simply going through a rough patch. This happens to everyone from time to time and so “yours'” is not a unique predicament, as tough as it may seem for you right now. Just ensure that you all stick together and before you know it, you guys will have things back on track again! :) In fact, I’d like to offer you Predator friends the following passage from our LA Kings Battle Manual, which addresses this very issue of adversity …

    Section C, Paragraph 5 – “During difficult or trying circumstances, it is precisely “then” that you must close rank and press home the attack with even greater zeal … that which he has done to you will be done to him, only tenfold ! … let nothing stand in your way from achieving ultimate victory and righteous joy !”

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