The team made this move despite general manager David Poile claiming that a coaching change was not being talked about during a radio interview on January 2nd. A loss on the road to a last place team out west in a game that they had to rally in the third period just to force extra time could've helped change that The team also parted ways with their assistant coach, Kevin McCarthy, on Monday, who would've been the choice as interim coach.
Laviolette joined the Predators in 2014 and compiled a record of 248-143-60, as Nashville advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs every season he was leading them, and they are not out of reach this season. That includes a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017, where they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Before joining the Predators, Laviolette led the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers to the Final, and even hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Hurricanes.
Nashville's struggles came on the defensive end of the puck, giving up 3.27 goals per game, which is good for 24th in the league. This is far up from their 2.58 goals per game mark that they had a season ago, which ranked fourth in the NHL. Despite those struggles, they sit just four points out of the final Wild Card spot, and seven points out of the the third place spot in the Central Division. They will have to make a decision for their interim coach by Tuesday night, as they will be set to take on the Boston Bruins.