Last week, the Nashville Predators looked like sellers — maybe.

This week, they look like buyers — maybe.

Such is the nature of this weird shortened season as we approach the NHL trade deadline, which hits at 2 p.m. CDT April 3.

From their point of view, the playoff race is too close to call. You don’t want to mortgage any part of the future if you’re not going to be playing past April. But you also don’t want to pass up a deal that might prolong your season.

After their third win in a row, a 3-2 decision over Edmonton on Monday night, the Preds were tied for eighth — the final playoff spot — in the Western Conference standings. But they also were only nine points out of last place.

“We’re not in the playoffs right now,” said Preds general manager David Poile, who pulls the trigger on transactions. “Could we be in the next four games? Yes. But even if we’re not, I don’t think we’ll be very far out, maybe one or two points.

“The answer might be that status quo is a good position to be in.”

This approach is dramatically different from last year when the Preds were among the NHL’s most active teams. They acquired Hal Gill, Paul Gaustad and Andrei Kostitsyn before the trade deadline, while also working the back channels to persuade Alexander Radulov to return from Russia for the stretch run and the playoffs.

“As a coach, you want as many good players as you can get,” Barry Trotz said. “I would’ve been disappointed if we hadn’t made all those trades last year.”