NASHVILLE -- In discussing the recent play of his highly touted rookie defenseman Seth Jones last Saturday, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile used the adage "momentum is a wonderful thing."
At the time the Predators had lost four straight games by a score of 17-2 and Jones was a collective minus-4 in that span.
Poile then flipped that adage on its head.
"It's a terrible thing when you've got it going in the other direction," he said, "and everybody's caught up in that. Seth has had a strong year to this point. His last few games, have they been his best? No."
Momentum has begun to swing in a more positive direction since. That night Nashville defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 7-2 and followed it with a 2-0 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Jones had an even rating in both games and played a combined total of more than 42 minutes.
The subject at hand is one of great interest and speculation: Will the 19-year-old Jones land a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, of which Poile also serves as general manager?