Preds in the playoff hunt

After a Jekyll-and-Hyde season last year, the Predators are aiming for consistency and the playoffs.

Updated: December 3, 2003, 8:51 PM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

Last spring, the Nashville Predators played host to the NHL draft. This spring, the sixth-year expansion club hopes to host some Stanley Cup playoff games.

"People are getting a little excited down here," said coach Barry Trotz, whose team has gotten off to a best-ever 12-10-1 start as they begin a three-game road trip in Carolina on Wednesday. "We know it's a marathon, but I think our guys are tired of being just OK. They want to win."

Last year, after management issued a "playoff ...

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