Skidding Predators last in NHL in goals per game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Nashville Predators are in what captain Shea Weber calls a “funk” and hope a couple hard practices between games can help them break out.

The Predators are home after losing three straight road games in California and now are 3-6-1 over the past 10 games. The skid has dropped them to 11th in the West, though they are just three points out of fourth.

Worse, the Predators' offensive struggles have hit a new low. They rank last in the NHL averaging 1.96 goals per game, and only two teams have scored less per game over a season since 1950-51.

Coach Barry Trotz said Wednesday his Predators have to earn back their confidence. They've also brought in three new players to shake up the lineup against Edmonton on Friday night.

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