It's a scenario that often derails a season. A star player suffers an injury, misses some games, and losses mount.
Only that didn't happen to the Predators after Dec. 23, the day defenseman Shea Weber suffered a concussion against the Dallas Stars, who play host to Nashville today.
In the games Weber missed, the Predators went 3-1-0. They quickly turned into a more cohesive unit, and lost only three out of their next 16 games.
"We recognize the value of Shea and the importance of that game and what happened," Coach Barry Trotz said. "Other guys had to step up and everybody became more accountable rather than waiting for your star to get it done. You have to do it collectively."
Weber, who is in his sixth full season in the NHL, has seen Nashville do this plenty of times, including last season, when goaltender Pekka Rinne missed two stretches of games.
Backup Anders Lindback finished last season with an 11-5-2 record, mostly accrued in Rinne's absence.
"It's been that way in the past with this organization," Weber said. "It seems like the depth we have and the way we draft, we have guys who can step up and fill the holes and do a good job."
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