The NHL trade deadline is quickly approaching just under two weeks away on April 12. 

With the division makeups this year we've seen some interesting playoff races as every game is extremely important with teams only playing in their division. 

That's what makes this trade deadline even more interesting while teams are only playing within their division they can still trade with any team across the league. 

Over the month of March we've seen teams we thought were a lock to make the playoffs drop out of the race while we've seen teams we thought were out of it jump right back in it. 

One of those teams is the Nashville Predators. 

Just a couple of weeks ago the Predators were out of the race and ready to blow things up willing to trade star players like Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm. 

However with the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets struggling the Predators have been able to turn it around and now sit tied for the final playoff spot in the Discover Division. They're not messing around having won 6 in a row and going 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. 

Because of their run, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reports there's been a change of plans. 

Predators general manager David Poile isn't willing to move Mattias Ekholm anymore as the team makes their playoff push. 

This makes huge changes in the trade market as Ekholm has been labelled the top defenseman on the block and adds huge value to the next guys on the list which are Brandon Montour of the Buffalo Sabres and David Savard of the Columbus Blue Jackets. 


Source: Elliotte Friedman