Scouting Report: Nashville Predators

By Eric Smith
FOX Sports Ohio

November 21, 2010

The Predators are a team that has had fits of starts and stops all season. They won three out of the gate then turned around and lost three in a row; won two, lost five, won two, lost one and then won two in their latest start.

The main reason for their inability to put together some consistency is the lack of scoring. The Predators are 26th in the league in scoring and only average 2.44 goals a game. This doesn’t come as a complete shock as no one would confuse this team’s offensive talent with the Washington Capitals. Due to the lack of fire power, they need to rely on the man advantage but it hasn’t been much of an advantage as they are only notching goals 10.6% of the time.

That being said, a Barry Trotz coached team will be defensively sound and then add in goalkeeper Pekke Rinne and scoring against Nashville is always a chore. Rinne, over the last 24 months, leads all goalies in the league with 18 shutouts, but just like the team, the Kempele, Finland native has had his ups and downs. Along with the two shutouts that Rinne has this season, he also has two games of giving up five goals. For this team to have any shot at making the playoffs, they