The Scouting Report: Nashville Predators
THE SCOUTING REPORT
CALGARY, AB -- Though the Nashville Predators' playoff hopes were dashed around the same time as the Calgary Flames, the two teams have taken different trajectories since.
While the Flames have won three straight and four of their last five, the Predators have just one win in their past 10 games, compiling a 1-7-2 record during that time. With just 39 points on the season and currently 27th overall, Nashville is in range for a top-four pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Flames Season Series Record: 1-1-0
The Flames opened their season series against the Predators on a winning note, downing Nashville at Scotiabank Saddledome with a 6-3 win helped by a hat-trick courtesy Curtis Glencross on March 15th. Meeting six days later in Nashville, the Predators avenged the loss with a 5-3 victory on home ice after a pair from Mike Fisher.
SOG: 36 | +/-: -6
Though he's found the back of the net just four times this season, three tallies for Butler have come in the previous four games. The 25-year-old plucked off waivers from the New Jersey Devils in early March. Butler enters the game against Calgary with points in two straight and four points in his past three games.
SOG: 74 | +/-: -4
The first ever draft pick of Nashville, Legwand holds a plethora of club records for the Predators. Unfortunately the 32-year-old has struggled of late, failing to record a point in five straight and the normally defensively responsible center is minus-6 over that stretch. Legwand has been strong at times throughout the season, though, recording 11 goals and 23 points this year.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
With a share of the team lead in goals with Legwand at 11, Bourque has provided the Predators with some surprising offense having scored just seven times in 43 games last year. The former fifth round pick from 2009 has scored more in fewer contests and his 16 points are also a career-best for the 22-year-old.
Acquired at the NHL Trade Deadline from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Martin Erat, Forsberg joined the Predators after his European season wrapped up with Leksand. A first round pick from a year ago, the 18-year-old is still searching for his first point after being held off the scoresheet in his first three contests.
Though the Predators are among the four-worst teams in the Western Conference in goals against, Rinne has done his best to keep the puck in front of him. The Vezina Trophy finalist from a year ago has respectable numbers this year, posting a 2.42 goals against average and .911 save percentage this season while leading the league in shutouts with five.