There isn’t much to play for the rest of this season for the Nashville Predators. Nashville will at least have something to go after on Thursday night though with a chance to play spoiler against the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit is hanging on to one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference, and if Nashville can go on the road and get a victory, it would really hurt the chances of the Red Wings.
The Predators just ended an eight-game losing streak on Tuesday night and should have some confidence going into this game. This is obviously the game where the defensive efforts of Nashville all season need to come through yet again. Pekka Rinne may not be stopping as many shots as he did to begin this shortened season, but he is doing enough where he could hold the Red Wings down. The Predators have just two players on their roster with more than ten goals this season, and they need leading goal-scorer David Legwand to light the lamp at least once in this game.
This season may be completely lost in terms of going to the playoffs, but you have to believe that Nashville would love the chance to play spoiler to Detroit or then again possibly against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. I love seeing leadership, and Shea Weber brought that in the team’s last win with two assists. I would not be shocked at all if the Predators went out and won these last two games now to finish the year being led by Weber. It is just how crazy this shortened NHL season has been.