March 17, 2015. It was a Tuesday night and Nashville Predators fans were wondering what was wrong with their team. The Predators had just suffered an overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild and had only won 2 of their previous 11 games dating back to February 26th when the Predators again fell to the Wild, this time by a score of 4 to 2. Nobody knows what was said in the locker room following that March 17th loss but something seemed to change. Maybe it was an inspiring speech from Coach Peter Laviolette, captain Shea Weber, or all world goalie Pekka Rinne. Maybe it was the 3 days off between games. Or maybe it was a match up with NHL bottom feeder Buffalo. In reality it was probably a combination of all 3 but regardless of the why, facts are that the Predators have won their last 4 games including victories over Easter Conference contenders Montreal, Tampa Bay, and Washington. The Preds have scored at least 3 goals in every game during the winning streak and Pekka Rinne has been his usual stellar self. The Predators currently hold a slim lead in the Central Division with 7 games remaining, all against Western Conference opponents. Nashville also has 4 games remaining against teams that are currently out of playoff position. The playoffs are mere weeks away and the Predators appear to be in prime position to not only win their first division title, but also make a run at hockey’s ultimate prize.
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