When you take a look at the updated NHL standings, the Bruins look like a team in good standing to make a long playoff run, Thursday night’s 2-0 loss to the Nashville Predators proves they are far from that.

The Bruins (31-21-6) got off to a slow start in Nashville, allowing a goal to Craig Smith just three minutes into the first period, followed by a Flip Forsberg goal a little over ten minutes later, which would be the second and final goal scored of the night.

The Black and Gold continue to be inconsistent when they need to win most. If Claude Julien’s club could have come away with the W, they would have picked up two points on the Atlantic Division leading Florida Panthers.

Julian’s club has now lost its last seven games against teams in contention for the playoffs. Their last win? Mid-December against a playoff-bubble New Jersey Devils team.

“The first period wasn’t very good.” Julien told reporters after the game. “Theirs was extremely good. They came at us hard and we kept turning pucks over in our own end, and they got a couple of goals there. In the second period, it was much better than the first. They didn’t get much, but at the same time we didn’t think we battled or worked hard enough to get on the inside, and for the longest time we seemed to be playing on the outside and making it easier for their goaltender to make those saves.”

Defensemen Zdeno Chara continued to struggle, finishing the night a plus/minus of -2. This should definitely worry Bruins fans, due to the Predators (27-21-10) only scoring two goals, and their Captain being on the ice for both.

Fact of the matter is Chara isn’t getting any younger, he has been on the ice for EIGHT OF THE LAST NINE GOALS, that is not OK and while I’m sure Julien has noticed the drop in play — Chara is not the defenseman he used to be — Big Z is the best they’ve got.

With February 29 approaching, Don Sweeney has to make a move to bolster his defense. If not, this roller coaster of a season could go off-course.

Read more from Mike Grinnell, here at ESPNNHRadio.com.