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It’s official: Predators have been eliminated from playoffs

Apr 15, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks beat Nashville 5-2 on Monday, officially killing the Predators’ playoff hopes in the process.

Barry Trotz’s bunch didn’t exactly go down swinging. This defeat marks their seventh consecutive regulation loss. They’ve only won one game in their last 11 tries (1-8-2).

It’s tempting to say that it all truly started to fall apart after the Minnesota Wild took a 2-1 shootout win in Ryan Suter‘s return to Nashville on March 9. The Predators entered that game with a 10-9-5 record. Nashville went 5-12-3 since then.

However you frame the story, it’s clear that the Predators have endured a miserable season.

As one might guess, offense was a problem – they’re averaging the least amount of goals per game in the NHL – but the team hasn’t been very strong on defense, either. Only two Western Conference teams – the Calgary Flames (141 goals allowed) and Colorado Avalanche (131 goals allowed) – have given up more goals in 2013 than the usually stingy Preds.

Even $7 million goaltender Pekka Rinne has had his struggles this season.

If there’s a bright side to look on, it’s that young players such as Colin Wilson and Gabriel Bourque are starting to become go-to guys on the team (at least when they’re healthy). GM David Poile might get a chance to add another blue chip talent with an unusually high pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, too.

  1. lordfletcher - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Not surprised.

    he made up 1/2 half of the best d pairing the league has seen in some time.

    Nashville needs better forwards to compete and luckily they got a great prospect from Washington. Nashville will be back soon enough…

  2. jimw81 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    when can we start the weber to philly trade rumors? nashville cant pay that contract.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      I’m hoping it comes to fruition as more than a rumor. Nashville expected that they could win solely on the backs of Weber and Rinne. Hopefully this puts a little doubt in Poile’s mind that Weber is the key to the Preds making a Cup run. A down year in Nashville could be exactly what the Flyers need to pry Weber’s bloated contract from the Preds.

      • freneticgarfieldfan - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:06 AM

        bloated contract indeed, thanks to some money-throwing idiots in Philly

      • cardsandbluesforever - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        Nashville’s problem is they dont have very deep pockets. they had suter and weber from the draft, but by the time those 2 were ready for new contracts Nashville was going to have to pqy the piper when it came to resigning both of them and they couldnt do it. i dont care how many games they sell out at home they can realistically only afford to keep a couple top tier players on the team. the only reason they gave weber the contract that they did was Preds fans would have had Poile’s head if he hadnt resinged at least 1 of the two top tier d-men. it doesnt matter anyway, like jimw81 said above- nashville cant pay weber’s contract, he is essentially getting paid 26 mil for a season and a half. makes luongo’s contract seem like peanuts in comparison.
        how long do you think Rinne and Weber are going to want to stay before they ask for a trade like Erat? the Preds went from being one of the top 5 teams in the west last couple years to competing for the #1 overall draft pick…..

    • ThatGuy - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      Keep dreaming. The day the Preds are eligible to trade Weber, he is due a 13 million dollar bonus. Which will mean the Preds paid him 27 million dollars in 1 year and 1 day. Unless the return is outrageous(Couts, Schenn, whoever they pick in the first round this year, and than some) its not going to happen.

      • ThatGuy - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:52 AM

        Actually because of the lockout season its only about 26.5 million for 48 games.

      • biasedhomer - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        They put themselves in that situation.
        If they don’t stay competitive, they will lose fan support, and given how weak that market is, Weber can seriously cripple the franchise to the point that they become in every “Move this team Canada” conversation.

  3. ravenscaps48 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I do not mean to sound like I am bashing the Nashville Organization here because I think they are one of the more classy ones in this league… But when was the last time ypu saw a defensive based team win the Stanley Cup? You need to be able to flip the switch on offense and get goals in bunches to win it. Nashville will never posess that with Barry Trotz as bench boss.

    • canucks30 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      The Kings in 2012, the Bruins in 2011, the Ducks in 2007, and the Devils in 2003, 2000, and 1995.

      If anything, defense is in vogue and offense-oriented teams struggle in the playoffs.

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        The Kings in 2012 outscored the Devils 16-8 in the finals, most of which was due to unbelievable goaltending by Quick.

        Boston kinda flew over my head a little, but they has the best Defensemen in the NHL and were also able to score goals in bunches. They scored more than 4 goals in all of their wins against Vancouver.

        The Ducks had Pronger, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Dustin Penner, Corey Perry, Rob Neidermeyer, Scott Neidermeyer, Teemu Selanne, Travis Moen, and Andy Macdonald. Outscored the Sens 16-11.
        (Not exactly what I would call a defensive struggle)

        I’ll give you the Devils, but now you are stretching back ten years when hockey was a different sport back then, and Defense won you championships. That is not the case anymore.

  4. profsudz - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    What happened to all the fans hopped up on moonshine telling me that Suter was a bum? Did Poile done drink it all up and go off on a tirade about how ain’t no one want to play for him?

  5. prov1x - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Sold out all but one home game this season….yeah, move the team.

    Morons.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Who said move the team?

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