Over their last five games, the Predators have gone 1-3-1. That’s not a great return. They’ve also been outscored 23 to 16 in that span. But let’s look at the bigger picture.
At the time of writing, the Predators hold a 9-7-3 record for 21 points on the season. They find themselves only two points from the last wild card holder Vegas with three games in hand. They’re only four points back of the third-place team in the Central – the Winnipeg Jets – with two games in hand.
The Predators have hit a rough patch, sure. But to say they are struggling isn’t entirely true. They certainly aren’t struggling enough to warrant trading away a player that has 14 points in the last 19 games. That’s a 60 point pace. That’s right about what you’d expect from Johansen.
Want to see a struggling team? Look at the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs are struggling. They have two regulation wins since October 15. They’re currently on a five-game losing streak going 0-4-1 and have been outscored 22 to 13 in that span.
That’s a struggle. That’s a team that needs a trade to shake things up. With the talent on that team, they should be performing much better than they are.
For Nashville, this recent rough patch will likely be over soon. Back in 2017-18, the Predators went 1-4-0 between October 21 and November 1. In that time they were outscored 17 to nine with losses against the Rangers, Flames, Islanders, and Sharks. The Predators would rebound to and win the President’s Trophy that season.
What they are going through right now isn’t fun, but they’ll bounce back.