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Preds Have Good Weekend

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
A lot went well for the Predators this weekend. The Preds win at Phoenix was obviously the best news of the weekend. But Detroit helped Nashville twice, knocking off St. Louis on Saturday and Columbus on Sunday. San Jose also provided the Predators with two doses of good news, beating Anaheim on Sunday and costing Los Angeles a key point by beating the Kings in overtime. With Minnesota dropping a pair of games, Saturday in overtime against Dallas and Sunday in regulation to St. Louis, the Wild remain a point behind the Preds – but have now played the same number of games as the Predators. Even Colorado provide Nashville some assistance, beating Edmonton in overtime on Saturday night to steal a point from the Oilers and keep the Preds tied for eighth in the West.


The Predators would have preferred fewer overtime decisions, but since number of wins is the first tie breaking procedure in the NHL, overtime losses come at price to teams jockeying for playoff positioning. Currently, Nashville's 34 wins are the most among teams battling for the seventh and eighth seeds in the West.

Detroit and San Jose became the first two teams to clinch playoff spots with their wins on Sunday. The Sharks also can clinch the Pacific Division this week; needing just one point (or Dallas to lose one point) to claim the division crown and secure one of the top-three seeds in the conference. No other Western Conference teams can clinch anything this week, but there are several games with major playoff implications.


Key Western Conference Games This Week
Monday Friday
Nashville at Los Angeles Minnesota at New Jersey
  Los Angeles at Pittsburgh
Tuesday Edmonton at Chicago
Colorado at Minnesota St. Louis at Calgary
Dallas at Vancouver  
St. Louis at Edmonton  
  Saturday
Wednesday Dallas at San Jose
Chicago at Columbus Columbus at Florida
Dallas at Calgary  
Nashville at Anaheim  
  Sunday
Thursday Los Angeles at Chicago
Los Angeles at Boston Edmonton at Minnesota
Edmonton at Colorado Phoenix at Anaheim
St. Louis at Vancouver  
Anaheim at Phoenix  
Nashville at San Jose  


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