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Predators Playoff Push

Pekka Rinne looks to get the Preds on track as the regular season enters the final stretch. Credit: John Russell
Predators Playoff Push
Ryan Aziminia

The Nashville Predators have roughly one-third of their season left and it is time to start tracking their playoff push a bit more closely. For the purpose of these exercises now and in the future, we will look at teams within 4 points of the Predators in the standings.

NHL Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche-57 Games Played, 60 Points

The week that was:

The Avalanche have played the most games of the contenders so they need to avoid weeks like the one they just had.  Colorado won one game this week, dropped two and only picked up two points.  But when the only Wild Card contender to gain on you is Vancouver with four, maybe you can afford a hiccup in a playoff push.

The Coming Week:

The Avalanche have a favorable schedule coming up with road tilts at Detroit and Buffalo before hosting a struggling Montreal club. A successful week for them would be picking up at least four points this week.

NHL PredatorsNashville Predators-54 Games Played, 58 Points

The week that was:

The Predators only had two games this past week-A 6-2 drubbing of the Sharks and a disappointing loss Tuesday to the Capitals, where the Predators had a great 8 minute burst….and not much else. Netting 50% of the points from here on out will have them in the lottery.

The Coming Week:

A big week is on tap for Nashville. Back to back contests against Tampa and Florida will dominate the weekend before the second meeting with Central Division rival Dallas on Monday. The Preds will close the week vs Boston on Thursday. A road split and getting at least three points at home will make this week a success.

NHL Wild

Minnesota Wild-54 Games Played, 56 Points

The week that was:

Minnesota continued to struggle this past week, posting a 0-2-1 record and losing ground to everyone but Arizona in the Wild Card hunt. Rumors are running rampant around them, from when will Head Coach Mike Yeo get fired, to are the Wild trade deadline buyers or are they sellers? Check out Josh Koops take on it here. This week will help shape that narrative.

The Coming week:

A huge home game versus Boston precedes a Western Canada road trip for the Wild. These trips are always tough, but these teams are also struggling. It may be what the doctor ordered for them.

NHL Canucks

Vancouver Canucks-54 Games Played, 56 Points

The week that was:

Vancouver had the most successful week among the Wild Card chasers, picking up 4 points and only dropping a single game. Netting two-thirds of their points the rest of the way will see them in the playoffs, and maybe hosting a playoff series as the Pacific Division runner-up.

The Coming week:

A very favorable home stand awaits the Canucks. Tilts against Toronto, Minnesota and Anaheim await them before a road game at Calgary to close the week. You have to think 5 points from the home games would mean the road game against Calgary would just be an opportunity to cap a great week and gain ground in the division and Wild Card race.

NHL Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes-53 Games Played, 54 Points

The week that was:

Not a banner week for the desert dogs. They picked up no points and are very close to becoming sellers at the trade deadline. However, having four games in hand on the Wild Card leaders means their deficit isn’t something a little win streak wouldn’t fix.

The Coming week:

A huge road game Friday against the Sharks awaits Arizona before hosting Montreal and Dallas. To stay in the race, they need to pick up at minimum four points this week.

Sit down, buckle up and hang on, the Western Conference playoff chase is going to be a ride.

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