Beating the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on a Tuesday night in December doesn't ordinarily qualify as a season-definer. But after consecutive sloppy losses in which they made a barrage of errors, the injury-riddled Nashville Predators weren't about to question the outcome.
They'll try for a second straight home win Thursday night in Bridgestone Arena against another sub-.500 outfit when the Vancouver Canucks come to town, looking for their second victory over Nashville in eight days.
Vancouver controlled the Predators on December 6 in British Columbia, establishing a 4-1 second-period lead en route to a 5-3 win. Playing without three top-six forwards and All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban, Nashville didn't offer the kind of detailed effort it has to have these days.