Each teams schedules have ticked down to the final dozen games of the 2010-11 regular season, check out NashvillePredators.com's sneak peak at the match-ups of immediate concern to the Preds and the Western Conference playoff race.
We're tracking all teams within five points of the Preds in the conference standings heading into this weekend's play.
|Team ||Points* ||Adjusted Wins^ ||Games Remaining* ||Max Pts** ||This Week's Schedule |
|#4 ||Phoenix ||87 ||34 ||10 (7H/3A) ||107 ||Fri at VAN, Sun vs CHI |
|#5 ||Los Angeles ||85 ||33 ||11 (7H/4A) ||107 ||Sat vs. ANA, Mon vs. CGY |
|#6 ||Dallas ||84 ||33 ||11 (4H/7A) ||106 ||Sat vs. PHI |
|#7 ||Chicago ||84 ||33 ||11 (5H/6A) ||106 ||Sun at PHX |
|#8 ||Calgary ||83 ||29 ||9 (3H/6A) ||101 ||Sun at ANA, Mon at LA |
|#9 ||Nashville ||82 ||30 ||11 (8H/3A) ||104 ||Sat vs. DET, Sun at BUF |
|#10 ||Anaheim ||81 ||34 ||12 (5H/7A) ||105 ||Sat at LA, Sun vs. CGY |
|#11 ||Minnesota ||77 ||33 ||11 (7H/4A) ||99 ||Sat vs. CBJ, Sun vs. MTL |
* as of all games played on Thu, March 17 ^ the first tie-breaker is regulation/OT wins (excluding shootout wins) Noteable:
** the most points a team can finish with in the '10-11 regular season (based on games played as of Thu, March 17)
There are two out-of-conference match-ups in this weekend's mix with Dallas hosting Philadephia on Saturday and Nashville visiting Buffalo on Sunday ... There are four head-to-head match-ups involving teams in the playoff pack: Anaheim at Los Angeles on Saturday, Calgary at Anaheim on Sunday, Chicago at Phoenix on Sunday, and Calgary at Los Angeles on Monday.The Week That Was:
The eight teams in the playoff pack in the Western Conference posted a combined 8-7-0 record on the week. Phoenix appears to be the big winner of the week, posting a 2-0-0 mark, while Minnesota went 0-2-0. The other six teams each posted one win on the week; Calgary, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville all went 1-1-0 on the week.A Closer Look:
Currently the Pacific Division has all five teams in the Conference's top-10, but the teams in the Pacific have very back-loaded schedules with intra-divisional games. Anaheim (currently one point behind Nashville) and Los Angeles (currently three points ahead of Nashville) both finish the season with its last five games against fellow division opponents -- including a cross-town home-and-home series between the Ducks and Kings on the final weekend of the season. Phoenix (currently five points ahead of Nashville) closes its season playing Pacific Division rivals in five of its last six games. Dallas (currently two points ahead of Nashville) will play five of its next seven games against Divisional foes.
As long as those games finish in regulation, the Predators will be in position to gain ground on several of the teams in the Pacific Division over the closing weeks of the season.