Back in October, Barry Trotz looked at his Nashville Predators team and forecast improvement as the season went along.

“Once we start to put all the pieces together, we’ll be OK,” he said.

We’re still waiting for the puzzle to take shape.

Even after wins in three of their last four games, the Preds are still eight points out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. This team remains a work in progress.

Frankly, it’s an uphill skate. .

The front office, coaches and players will deny it, of course, but this looks like a team that is trying to hold things together until the Olympic break. During that 19-day break, which begins after a home game against Anaheim on Feb. 8, everyone can take a step back and try to figure out what happens next.

When will Pekka Rinne be back in net? Or will he be back in net this season? Are the Preds sellers or buyers as the March 5 trade deadline approaches? If they fail to make the playoffs for a second straight season, is it time to change coaches and/or general managers?

Right now, there are more questions than answers.

We all knew scoring would be an issue. Why? Because it’s an issue just about every season. At 2.43 goals per game, the Preds rank 24th in the league in scoring. Their leading point producer, David Legwand, is at No. 56 in the NHL.

Without a go-to scorer at forward, the Preds have to get across-the-board contributions to win games. That was the case on Monday night when they beat Dallas 4-1 as four different Preds scored goals.