NASHVILLE -- When it was pointed out to Nashville Predators general manager David Poile following the team's morning skate Friday that it was averaging fewer than two goals per game, he observed that his questioner did not need to whisper -- everyone around the organization is living with the reality of the offensive woes.
Entering a game Friday against the Edmonton Oilers, the Predators were averaging 1.96 goals per game, not only the lowest in the League but also putting them on pace to become the second team since the NHL began playing 70-game seasons in 1949-50 to average fewer than two goals per game. (The 1953-54 Chicago Blackhawks recorded the lowest output at 1.9 goals per game.)
To that end, Poile began doing what he could to the roster this week with waiver claims for Zach Boychuk (from the Pittsburgh Penguins) and Bobby Butler (from the New Jersey Devils). The Predators also called up 25-year-old defenseman Victor Bartley, who played in the American Hockey League All-Star Game this season. It's possible all three will be in the lineup when Nashville takes on Edmonton on Friday at Bridgestone Arena, although coach Barry Trotz did not tip his hand after the skate.