The Nashville Predators just concluded a weekend of All Star festivities. The party's over, and the break may have thrown off the Preds' winning ways. They've won four in a row, though to be honest the opponents they've beaten on the road leading up to the break weren't difficult: Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Calgary. Those four teams don't strike fear in the hearts of many.
But two points are two points. The Blues before the break, in contrast to the Preds, were 1-1-1. They scored a whopping three goals; goal support would've given Brian Elliott a 3-0 record heading into the week off. A few goals would help Elliott and the Blues beat the Predators for the fourth time this season. Over the break, the coaching staff had more than enough time to evaluate the lines and make changes as needed to boost scoring.
The team's had a week to rest up and get healthy. The "we're tired" excuse is out of the window. Let's see if they can make a push for home ice advantage starting tonight.
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