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Back in the hunt

After a very disappointing start to the season that sent the team in the bottom five, the Predators are back in the playoffs hunt a bit later than mid-season. Leading the charge is Jarome Iginla, currently on a 14 games point streak.

While the rosy outlook of a perfect pre-season was enticing to the GM, the coach, the players and the fans, they all came back down to reality quickly when the team started accumulating losses early in the season. After the first 20 games, all hope was almost lost with the team way back from a playoff spot and most of the summer's acquisitions not producing to their potential. However, just before the mid-season, things started to click again between the Predators players. Daymond Langkow was one of the players that was finally putting down points on the scoresheet: "I think we all thought it would be easy after our fabulous pre-season. Then when we hit a wall early in the season because we were not competing enough, we couldn't just regroup will all the new faces on the team. Now we're feeling a bit more at ease playing with each other and it shows in the "W" column."

Now back in a playoff position, the Predators are looking ahead at the Colombus Blue Jackets, currently topping their division. The Predator's captain, Jarome Iginla, thinks the team needs to move up further: "We can't be happy with just making the playoffs. We know we can beat the Blue Jackets and we want our fans to know it too. We need to climb up the standings and make a strong statement, and I believe we got the team to do it."

Others around the locker are more cautious about what is ahead for the team. Veteran defenseman Derek Morris thinks the team should focus on converting each game into a win: "The Blue Jackets are currently at the top of the division and we look up to the task of catching them up. However, there's also the St.Louis Blues that are playing extremely well and competing for that spot. We can't just let these objectives distract us from playing well on the ice, we should just play our game and make sure to add the wins. Then we can look and see where the others are."