Carter Hutton will attempt to break a disturbing trend for the Nashville Predators tonight when he gets the start against the Dallas Stars. Nashville head coach Barry Trotz has given his starting goalie the hook in three consecutive games, with Hutton getting pulled twice in that time span.
He’ll face off against Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and the Stars tonight though.
— Stu Grimson (@asgrimson) December 27, 2013
The Predators have been outscored 7-14 in those games, and haven’t won since December 14 against the San Jose Sharks. With Pekka Rinne on the shelf for another few weeks, the team continues to try to keep its head above water in the Western Conference. They are 16-17-4 overall and have fallen to seventh place in the Central Division.
Nashville is 13 points out of the final divisional playoff spot, and trails the final wild card team by nine.
Few teams have been colder than Nashville over the last 10 games. Their recent 3-6-1 record puts them in the same tier the Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets and New York Islanders.
That stings for a squad that clearly had playoff hopes heading into the season. It was believed that scoring was going to be the team’s issue, but they’ve struggled on both sides of the puck so far in 2013-14.