The Nashville Predators haven't performed up to expectations this season, which is why they're three points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff position entering Thursday with three wins in their past 12 games.
Hal Gill, who played 1,108 NHL games as a defenseman before becoming a Predators radio analyst, gave some of his thoughts on the topic when he joined co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke on the newest edition of NHL @TheRink this week.
"It seems like every game there's something else and I don't know how to put my finger on it sometimes," Gill said. "They started off, offensively, they were flying and (Matt) Duchene looked fantastic playing with (Filip) Forsberg. Then Forsberg got hurt and they just haven't had all the guns blazing at the same time. (Ryan) Ellis and [Roman] Josi have been fantastic. Mattias Ekholm has been very, very good. The goaltending, I think has been good. [Pekka] Rinne and (Juuse) Saros have been good. They've had their moments where they didn't save games for the team when the team really let them down, but I blame the team more than that. They figured out some of the defensive woes and played some tight games, and they kind of split even when they're playing that way. I think they need their big guns."
Rosen and Roarke were also joined by Boston-based NHL.com staff writer Amalie Benjamin, who touched on all things Boston Bruins.
Most notably, Benjamin updated Patrice Bergeron's injury and status and spoke about David Pastrnak's potential push for 50 goals in 50 games, and if he is the biggest driving force behind the top line when he, Bergeron and Brad Marchand are all healthy and playing together.
"The funniest thing is someone on Twitter recently said, 'Is it possible that Patrice Bergeron is the worst player on that line?'" Benjamin said. "You step back and say, 'No,' but is it possible? It's a fun argument. Patrice Bergeron, this all-time great player who is headed for the Hall of Fame, could be the worst player playing on his line when he's healthy, which is unbelievable."
In addition, Rosen and Roarke talked about the good that can come from Akim Aliu's meeting with the NHL earlier this week, the issues facing the Toronto Maple Leafs and Taylor Hall's future with the New Jersey Devils after they fired coach John Hynes on Tuesday.
Other topics included Artemi Panarin's impact on the New York Rangers and his return to play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers' push up the standings, and the 2020 NHL All-Star Fan Vote and why they disagree on who should be the captains for the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions.
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