Despite hanging around in contention for the first month of the season, not much has gone right for the Nashville Predators. Outside of the play of Pekka Rinne, they haven’t gotten much from anyone out on the ice. Even Shea Weber.
Those struggles come particularly in the offensive end. The Preds have always been a club built around defensive play. But their offensive struggles make even the best of defense quite futile. They currently rank last in offensive output per game, and it’s not even close, with barely over two goals per tilt.
Which is going to make the loss of Colin Wilson even tougher to swallow.
The Predators placed Wilson on injured reserve over the weekend. He was knocked out of a game against the Minnesota Wild by Wild defenseman Justin Falk, who drove Wilson into the end boards. He was down for a while before he finally was able to get off the ice.
Officially, he’s out with an upper body injury. And there isn’t a timetable for his return at this point. Wilson was one of the only players providing consistent offense for the Predators. He leads the Predators in both points, with 19, and goals, with seven on the year. The next closest player is Martin Erat, who has 13 on the year.
Given the struggles of the Predators in the offensive end, it won’t be easy for them to replace what Wilson brings in the offensive end: consistency. They also lost Patric Hornqvist to injured reserve, which is going to make this next stretch that much tougher to overcome.