The Predators know and understand that their power play can score at a prolific level. That is why it has been such a frustrating weapon-gone-dormant in Nashville's last five games.
During that stretch, the Predators are 0-for-16 with the man-advantage. At one point this season, Nashville scored on the power play in seven straight games. Before this current funk, it scored four goals in two games.
"We just have to get that swagger back and get zone time," defenseman Ryan Suter said. "We're not getting much zone time right now. It's tough to make plays when you're not in their end, so we just have to get our swagger back and start scoring."
Before Nashville's current problems with the man-advantage, the Predators almost willed themselves toward scoring important goals. In a wild comeback against Columbus on Dec. 22, the Predators notched a late power-play goal to tie the game. The same happened in a Dec. 15 win over the Detroit Red Wings, when defenseman Shea Weber tied the game with under five minutes left in the third.
"We have to keep our confidence high and make simple plays," forward Patric Hornqvist said. "If you have a chance to shoot it, shoot it."
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