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2012 Playoff Picture: Preds Clinch Playoff Spot; One Point Out Of Home Ice

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
after all games played on Wednesday, March 28


The Preds are officially playoff bound! The Preds got good news on a couple of fronts Wednesday night, with Anaheim's regulation win over San Jose, Nashville has officically locked up a spot for 2012 playoffs. Further, Columbus's win over Detroit kept Nashville just one point behind Detroit in the race for the No. 4 seed and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs --- the Preds and Wings meet in a pivotal game Friday night.

Preds Clinching Chart
#9 seed Phoenix
87 points + 5 games remaining = 97 maximum points
Nashville needs 1 points to clinch better record (1 point would force tie breaker - Nashville has secured the tie breaker vs. Phoenix)
#8 seed San Jose
88 points + 5 games remaining = 98 maximum points
Nashville needs 2 points to clinch better record (2 points would force tie breaker - Nashville has secured the tie breaker vs. San Jose)
#7 seed Los Angeles
88 points + 5 games remaining = 98 maximum points
Nashville needs 2 points to clinch better record (2 points would force tie breaker - Nashville has secured the tie breaker vs. Los Angeles)
#6 seed Chicago
93 points + 5 games remaining = 103 maximum points
Nashville needs 8 points to clinch better record (7 points to force tie breaker - tie breaker still TBD)
#3 seed Dallas
89 points + 5 games remaining = 99 maximum points
Nashville needs 4 points to clinch better record (3 points to force tie breaker - tie breaker still TBD)

* entering Wednesday’s action, Nashville had already secured a better record over six Western Conference teams (Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Columbus, Edmonton, Minnesota)
Thursday
Thursday night is a light night of action in the Western Conference with three games involving Conference participants, but only two have an impact on the playoff race:
St. Louis at Chicago - St. Louis can clinch the Central Division Title with a regulation or overtime win; Chicago enters 3 points behind Nashville for the No. 5 seed
San Jose at Phoenix - Phoenix enters 1 point behind San Jose in the race for the No. 8 see2 points behind Dallas for the top spot in the Pacific Division; San Jose enters 1 point behind Dallas for the top spot in the Pacific Division
Florida at Minnesota - Has no impact on the Western Conference Standings



Wednesday Night's Results:
Columbus d. Detroit, 4-2 – Preds remain 1 point behind the Red Wings in the race for the No. 4 seed
Los Angeles d. Calgary, 3-0 – With win LA moved from No. 9 seed to No. 7 seed
Dallas d. Edmonton, 3-1 – With win Dallas moved from No. 7 seed to No. 3 seed
Anaheim d. San Jose, 3-1 – Preds officially clinch playoff spot; Anaheim was officially eliminated from playoff contention based on other results tonight

Tuesday Night's Results:
St. Louis d. Nashville, 3-0 – Preds remain in the No. 5 seed
New Jersey d. Chicago, 2-1 SO – Hawks 3 points behind Preds with 5 games left in regular season


Upcoming Western Conference Schedule:
Friday
Florida at Columbus - Will have no impact on the Western Conference playoff picture
Nashville at Detroit - teams enter separated by 1 point in the race for the No. 4 spot in the Conference (and first round home ice advantage)
Colorado at Calgary - impact on the race for the final Conference playoff spots
Los Angeles at Edmonton - LA enters Thursday night in the No. 7 seed, 1 point behind division leading Dallas and 1 point ahead of No. 9 seed Phoenix
Dallas at Vancouver - key to Vancouver's race for the No. 1 spot in the Conference; key to Dallas's race for one of the final Conference playoff spots & for the Pacific Division title

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