Earning points in a franchise-record 11 consecutive games has rehabilitated the Predators’ season, but losing to the Devils 5-4 in overtime Thursday offered a reminder that even during a successful stretch, there is always something that can be improved.
“I just think we weren’t quite as sharp tonight,” said Predators center Mike Fisher, who played in his 1,000th NHL game. "We need to be better, and I think it’s a good reminder for us. We can’t let our game slip if we want to keep winning, and it did tonight."
The Predators lost a game they never trailed in, blowing a 3-1 second-period lead and a 4-3 lead with 40 seconds remaining in regulation. The penalty kill was Nashville’s downfall, allowing three power-play goals, including the game-winner in overtime that dropped the Predators’ three-on-three record to an unsightly 1-11 and broke their season-long five-game winning streak.