February 26, 2013
Perhaps it's because they were due.
After being shutout in back-to-back games against the Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings, the Nashville Predators erupted for five goals in a 5-4 overtime win over the visiting Dallas Stars Monday.
Did we mention the Predators came into the game with the worst goals-for per game average in the entire National Hockey League? With their scoring outburst against the Stars, Nashville suddenly shot up two spots into 28th – ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild. Next in the Predators' sights is Edmonton.
And it was a defenseman – not Shea Weber – who led the way. Roman Josi, who had three points coming into the game, scored twice and added a pair of helpers. He's up to seven points, just like that.
"The last couple of games, he's played with a lot of jump," Predators head coach Barry Trotz told NHL.com of Josi.
"I think he's finding himself as a player in this League. He's very comfortable and he's playing in all situations and he's becoming a very important part of our team."
Meanwhile, the Stars continue to hover around the Western Conference post-season cutoff line. They sit seventh in the conference, with seven teams separated by only three points behind them.
In an online chat Monday, Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw took questions about the Stars. He replied to one inquiry about a new coach perhaps turning the fortunes of the team by starting: "It may take a new coach…," before giving just a little bit of leeway.
Worth pointing out that Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan is a sophomore in the NHL.