Predators hope big game reverses recent offensive struggles

Games like Saturday’s 7-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks don’t happen often.

Not for the Nashville Predators, at least. In 14-plus seasons of play it was just the 11th time they scored seven goals or more.

The whole thing was even more unlikely given that Nashville had just two goals in its previous five contests.

“Obviously, when things aren’t going well things tend to snowball,” captain Shea Weber said. “Once they do start going well … it takes consistency but you have to start somewhere and hopefully [Saturday] is something that can propel us and move us forward.”

With that in mind, we look at the highest scoring games in franchise history and what happened immediately thereafter.

NINE GOALS
March 18, 2006 vs. Calgary, 9-4

Following this one, 15 games remained in the regular season and the Predators scored three or more in nine of them, were limited to one goal twice and were not shut out.

March 4, 2004 at Pittsburgh, 9-4
A franchise-record six power play goals accounted for the bulk of the offense. Nashville then scored with the man-advantage at least once in each of the next five games and had 12 power play goals total in those six contests.

EIGHT GOALS
Feb. 28, 2009 vs. Detroit, 8-0

The Predators scored 10 goals in the two games that followed, which was a slight improvement over the nine in the two games that preceded this one.

Jan. 5, 2007 at Chicago, 8-3
This kicked off a 10-1-0 run that featured 49 goals scored, including six and five twice apiece.

Feb. 21, 2004 at Phoenix, 8-2
This was the middle of one of the most memorable offensive rolls in franchise history (see Feb. 18, 2004 below) but the Predators were held scoreless two nights later at Los Angeles.

SEVEN GOALS
Nov. 16, 2013 vs. Chicago, 7-2

Nashville came in on the heels of one of the worst offensive stretches in franchise history – two goals in five games. What follows is to be determined.

Dec. 15, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay, 7-4
The Predators scored six goals two nights later at Edmonton and then five two nights after that at Calgary. From there, there were eight games of three or more goals through the end of January.

Jan. 8, 2008 at Los Angeles, 7-0
Just seven goals followed in the next four games but then came 15 games in the next 28 with three or more goals.

Dec. 23, 2006, vs. Los Angeles, 7-0
In the 15 games that followed this one Nashville scored four goals twice, five goals three times, six goals twice and eight goals once.

Jan. 21, 2006 vs. Columbus, 7-2
This actually capped a run of 29 goals in seven games. In the next five, the Predators scored just 10 times.

Dec. 17, 2005 vs. Columbus, 7-3
Nashville kicked off an offensive outburst with five goals in the preceding game against Chicago. Each of the next five games featured three goals or more.

Feb. 18, 2004 vs. San Jose, 7-3
Steve Sullivan scores four points (three goals, one assist) in his Nashville debut. That started a nine-game stretch in which the team scored 37 goals (4.1 per game) and set the franchise single-game scoring record three times.