The Predators are underperforming so far this season, playing barely above .500. While the team has been hot and cold so far, the goaltending in general has been lackluster.
A careful observation of statistics tells a story of a snakebit team so far this year. The Predators have shot on average 31 times against 26 times for their opponents so far this year. They have dominated in the shot department the other team 72% of the times. In 7 occasions, the Preds have shot over 35 times. Their opponents have only been able to shoot over 35 times once.
Nashville was expecting Varlamov to return to Vezina trophy form this year, but unfortunately so far expections have been far from being fulfilled. While opposing goaltenders have won the 1st star in the game for stonewalling the Preds as much as 8 times, Varlamov has been able to do the same only twice.
Despite the poor goaltending, the Predators are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. The management hope that the acquisition of Jared Staal will spark the team into better results for the remainder of the year.