Well would you look at that? It appears waiting forever for things to work themselves out may have been just crazy enough to work.
Obviously things are far from over, but it just feels nice to see Nashville in a playoff position right now, even though things could change tomorrow. It's been a long, arduous climb back into position to have a shot at something past the regular season.
Even as the Preds continue to play seemingly solely one-goal games — 10 of their 12 wins under John Hynes have been by a single goal — they're finding a way to win now. The power play looked improved Tuesday night, albeit against Ottowa, with Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson both scoring on the man advantage. Ellis has looked good in his first three games back from a concussion suffered in the Winter Classic, bolstering the Nashville blue line which was in desperate need of his return.
Even though I still think David Poile could have gotten some pretty lucrative returns for Craig Smith and Mikael Granlund, maybe the Preds really are starting to put something together that will warrant keeping those two for a playoff run that once seemed unlikely.
As has seemed to be the case every other game for the last two months, Nashville's biggest game to date will come on Thursday when the Calgary Flames visit Bridgestone Arena. A win could put the Predators in the first wild card spot and have pretty big implications as we sprint towards the finish line of the season.
We'll see if the Preds are able to keep up their newfound momentum now that they've found a way to get back into position to give themselves a chance.