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The hot and cold Predators

Captain Shea Weber and the Nashville Predators sit fourth in the West with a 22-13-6 record. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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Captain Shea Weber and the Nashville Predators sit fourth in the West with a 22-13-6 record. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators have been a consistent team over the years, but they’re having some serious mood swings this season.

The Preds are currently riding a five-game winning streak, which will shoot you up the incredibly compact Western Conference standings in a hurry. Prior to its present run of wins, Nashville had dropped five straight, a sad stretch that just happened to follow another string of five straight victories.

The feast-or-famine Preds also have another five-game losing streak on the books this year, so who knows where the team will go from its current sweet spot.

The wins Nashville is getting right now couldn’t come at a better or tougher time. The club just completed its second-ever sweep through California and is three games into a piece of schedule that sees it play 10 of 12 away from home. Looking at the past 15 games, in the 10 wins by Nashville, it allowed one goal five times, two three times and zero twice. In the five defeats, the club gave up an average of 3.6 goals per game and managed to score more than one just once.

Keep that dial tuned to Music City, because you never know what’s coming up next.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
P10
THE SCOOP
1

Vancouver Canucks

4

27-8-6

8-0-2

On pace for franchise-record 120 points

2

Philadelphia Flyers

1

26-10-5

7-3-0

In the first 21 games of the season, sophomore James van Riemsdyk had no goals and was scratched four times; he has 10 goals in his past 20

3

Detroit Red Wings

2

27-10-5

7-2-1

Maybe Jakub Kindl can prove himself a worthy NHL D-man in Brad Stuart’s absence

4

Tampa Bay Lightning

8

25-13-5

6-3-1

Bolts have actually given up nine more goals than they’ve scored

5

Washington Capitals

10

24-12-6

6-1-3

Semyon Varlamov giving Caps the goaltending they need

6

Pittsburgh Penguins

3

26-13-4

5-3-2

0-1-1 with Crosby on the sideline

7

Nashville Predators

12

22-13-6

5-5-0

Sergei Kostitsyn has scored in five straight and has 20 points in his past 18 games

8

Dallas Stars

5

25-13-5

5-3-2

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk knows from personal playing experience what Jamie Langenbrunner can provide

9

Anaheim Ducks

21

23-18-4

6-4-0

Lubomir Visnovsky’s 33 points is fifth-best in the NHL among blueliners

10

New York Rangers

14

25-15-3

6-2-2

Rookie D-man Ryan McDonagh getting a look with Michal Rozsival traded to Phoenix

11

Chicago Blackhawks

18

23-18-3

6-4-0

Only Edmonton is worse at killing penalties than the defending champs

12

Boston Bruins

6

21-12-7

5-2-3

Tuukka Rask recently started three straight for the first time this season and we get the sense the B’s will rely on him more in the second half

13

Minnesota Wild

22

21-16-5

6-3-1

Jose Theodore had played and won four straight for the Wild before Sunday’s setback versus Dallas

14

Montreal Canadiens

7

23-16-3

4-5-1

Never seem to have two scoring lines clicking at the same time

15

Atlanta Thrashers

13

22-16-7

3-5-2

No team gives up more shots per game than the Thrashers

16

Phoenix Coyotes

15

19-13-9

4-4-2

Jason LaBarbera turned in some solid goaltending for two games with Ilya Bryzgalov tending to a personal issue

17

Colorado Avalanche

9

21-15-6

3-5-2

Nine games without a win in regulation

18

St. Louis Blues

19

20-14-6

5-4-1

Followed up a five-game winning streak with three straight losses

19

Los Angeles Kings

11

23-17-1

5-5-0

Locked up Jack Johnson to a seven-year contract; when will Drew Doughty’s deal get done?

20

San Jose Sharks

16

21-17-5

4-6-0

Don’t blame power play for team’s troubles; it’s fourth-most efficient in the league

21

Carolina Hurricanes

17

20-15-6

5-3-2

Win just 43.2 percent of faceoffs as a squad, worst mark in the league

22

Buffalo Sabres

26

18-18-5

5-4-1

Eighteen straight starts for Ryan Miller and counting

23

New York Islanders

30

13-21-6

7-3-0

Goalie Kevin Poulin picked up the first NHL victory of his career with a 4-3 decision over the Avs on Saturday

24

Toronto Maple Leafs

28

16-20-4

4-6-0

Offense is alive; Leafs have scored five or more goals in three of their past four outings

25

Florida Panthers

23

18-20-2

4-4-2

Only eight teams have a better 5-on-5 goals-for/against ratio than the Cats’ 1.13, but their power play scores just 8.8 percent of the time

26

Calgary Flames

25

18-20-4

4-5-1

Tom Kostopoulos gone for six games after delivering head shot to Wings’ Stuart; probably a bit of bad timing with league’s best player (Crosby) currently out with a concussion.

27

Ottawa Senators

27

16-20-6

3-4-3

Will some contender come calling about the services of veteran Chris Phillips?

28

Columbus Blue Jackets

20

20-19-3

4-6-0

Four wins in their past 14 and three came against troubled teams, Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary

29

Edmonton Oilers

24

13-20-7

2-6-2

Have a .176 winning percentage when trailing after one period

30

New Jersey Devils

29

11-29-2

2-8-0

Sounds like Jason Arnott will be the next Devil to dance out of town

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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