The Predators are far from the postseason and have very little to play for the rest of the NHL season. But coach Barry Trotz has been adamant that his team has at least kept up its effort down the stretch of 2013-14. And it can play a role as a spoiler to teams jockeying for postseason positioning. Nashville did that Friday, pummeling the Ducks 5-2 and hurting Anaheim's playoff seeding. "These are good teams we're playing and they're going to be tough teams to beat in the playoffs and we know our season's not over and we're not going to quit," defenseman Shea Weber said. "We're going to keep going and hopefully win some more games and finish out the season right." Nashville scored four goals in the first period, two by Colin Wilson, one by Patric Hornqvist and another by Mike Fisher to put enough distance between itself and Anaheim for the win. The Predators (34-32-11) have picked up points in six of their past seven games. They're not eliminated from the playoffs, but are seven points back of Phoenix for the final spot with five games left to play. The Ducks entered the game with 108 points and fighting for the Pacific Division lead with the San Jose Sharks. Anaheim remained one point ahead of the Sharks for tops in the Pacific with a game in hand. The Predators play a role in this rivalry with a game at San Jose on Saturday night. Nashville chased Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller with 2:55 left in the first period in favor of Frederik Andersen, much to the delight of the Ducks fans who cheered the move. Hiller came back into the game after Andersen suffered an upper-body injury in the second period off a Weber slap shot.
Nashville Predators play like contender, beat Ducks
Tennessean | Apr 5