On November 26, 2007, Nashville Predators GM Mathieu decided that enough was enough with his struggling team and he fired coach Craig MacTavish.
Tom Renney was immediately hired as his replacement and since then, things have taken a turn for the better...
In six games since the move, the Predators have gone 5-1 bringing them back to within one game of a .500 record and to within 5 points of the 8th place Blue Jackets.
You might think this was made possible through some easy matchups, but alas, the victories have come against teams that are no pretenders, rather contenders. Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa all fell victim to hungry Predators as they swept through an eastern Canada road trip.
A big part of the success is the reemergence of team leader Jarome Iginla, who has 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 6 games.
At this pace, GM Mathieu has every expectation of vaulting back into the top 8 in the West. "We know we are a playoff team. We had a rough go of things with MacT running the show, some of the guys were not disciplined enough on the back end and it cost us a lot of goals. We like the defense that Renney brings to the club without comprimising our offensive abilities. Watch out for the resurgent Predators! We're back and we've got bite!"