Entering The Last Week Of The Regular Season

Monday, 04.02.2012 / 3:19 PM
By Tom Callahan - Nashville Predators / Tom Callahan's 2011-12 Season Blog
I don’t know – if you’re Nashville – if you could have asked for much more at this point of the season. From where you started back in September with a lot of question marks and possibilities, to have a shot atfourth and home ice advantage in the first round is great.

First of all, let’s make this clear: the Preds can still get fourth. I know there are some things that need to fall into place, but they very wellcould. Chicago has only two games left vs. Detroit’s three. Those two play head-to-head in Game 82. So anything can happen mathematically.

More importantly is simply Nashville’s need to have its game together heading into the playoffs. While we may be tempted to blame inconsistency at times, keep in mind Nashville is facing playoff-bound teams of a high caliber (especially this past week) and sweeps are rare. No matter which club the Preds face it willbe a tough battle.

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I thought that Andrei Kostitsyn looked at home with Alex Radulov on his line. AK can make some very high-level plays and AR can finish with the best of them. If you haven’t seen it, check out their connection for a goal in the Detroit game here. And then treat yourself to Radulov splitting the Chicago defense one more time here.

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I’m looking forward to seeing our defense perform in this year’s playoffs. Both Shea Weber and Ryan Suter have put together among the best campaigns of their careers, and a healthy Roman Josi and Kevin Klein bodes well for the Preds. I also can’t wait to see how much bigger Hal Gill will get in key moments.

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Don’t look past any of this week’s opponents. Nashville has to give a full effort against these teams in order to garner all six points remaining. It is still possible and would be fantastic if the Predators managed a fourth seed starting the playoffs.

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For just the fourth time in NHL regular season history, everyone ends the season on the same day – this Saturday. There are no games for Sunday, so Preds/Avs will be among the last to finish and should have many eyes on it.

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Until next time, keep your stick on the ice!

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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