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Predators GM staying patient despite offensive concerns

Dec 13, 2013, 8:23 PM EDT

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Nashville hasn’t missed the playoffs in back-to-back campaigns since 2003, but that trend is in danger of ending. The Predators are eight games out of a playoff spot with a 15-14-3 record.

Although they’ve been without goaltender Pekka Rinne for nearly two months, their bigger problem has actually been their offense, which ranks 23rd in the league with an average of 2.31 goals per game.

Nashville Predators GM David Poile views that as a key area of concern, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that significant changes are on the way.

“If we could improve the team by trade, I would be happy to do that. On the flip side of that, there are some guys who have not quite performed to how I think they can perform,” Poile told the Tennessean. “I think we’re exercising patience on that and hope and believe that they can help us win some more games.”

Poile’s patience also extends to coach Barry Trotz.

“We’ve been together for 15 years. We’ve been through situations like this,” Poile said.

When it comes to forwards that haven’t lived up to expectations, Viktor Stalberg sticks out. He’s in the first season of a four-year, $12 million contract, but he has just eight points in 26 games.

All the same, Poile suggested that there are a lot of forwards that have underperformed this season. Unless that changes, Nashville will have a very tough time making the playoffs.

  1. prov1x - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Need goals. That is all.

  2. jdmix - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    As a Preds fan I hear this from Poile every year. We have had the same problem for consecutive seasons and he keeps saying the same things.

  3. canucks30 - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    I’m sure Shea Weber loves Poile’s sense of urgency and win at all costs mentality.

    Or not.

  4. savior72 - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    In a defensive minded system, scoring goals will always be a problem. Look to Trotz and no further.

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