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Predators Playoff Opponent Update

A Daily Update on the Predators Potential First-Round Opponent

Playoff Seeding & Opponent

The Nashville Predators are fighting to clinch their fifth consecutive berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the remaining games of the 2018-19 regular season. 

The Preds magic number for locking their spot in the postseason is a combination of points gained by Nashville and potential points lost (or points not gained) by opposing teams trying to make the field of eight Western Conference playoff teams. The beauty of magic numbers is that they can only decrease (never increase).

  • Nashville's magic number for clinching a playoff spot: 9 points
  • Nashville's magic number for clinching the West's First Wild Card: 12 points
  • Nashville's magic number for clinching third place in the Central Division: 14 points
  • Nashville's magic number for clinching second place in the Central Division: 16 points
  • The Preds estimated chance of qualifying for the playoffs: 99.96%

Secondly, based on models playing out the regular-season schedule thousands of times, the Predators' most likely first-round playoff opponent(s) are listed and their pertinent stats included futher down on this page.

Lastly, and most importantly, (almost) anything is possible. Sports Club Stats is the source used to help generate playoff clinching and future opponent scenarios.


  • Most of the playoff opponent probability percentages come from
  • There is a 2.0% combined chance the Preds could face the Avalanche, Blackhawks, Flames, Golden Knights, Sharks or Oilers in the first round
  • This page is updated daily and was last updated on: March 17