At Stake Tonight... (April 9)

Friday, 04.9.2010 / 1:44 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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At Stake Tonight... (April 9)
Including tonight's action there are only three more days left in the 2009-10 NHL Regular Season. NashvillePredators.com looks at the Western Conference games scheduled for tonight, Thursday, April 8, with a synopsis of what's at stake for the Preds. Click here for more on the Conference Standings, Remaining Schedules, and Tie Breakers.

The Preds are still alive for the No. 5 - 7 seeds, but need some help to finish ahead of both Detroit and/or LA. Phoenix helped Nashville's cause last night by rallying to beat Los Angeles in a shootout.


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Detroit at Columbus
What's At Stake: Detroit is playoff-bound; Columbus is eliminated from playoff contention. The Red Wings are tied with the Preds and LA Kings -- all three at 98 points. Those three will finish in the No. 5, No. 6, and No. 7 seeds, but the order is still to be determined. A point tonight and Detroit would leapfrog Los Angeles into the No. 5 seed, however a regulation loss and Detroit would fall behind Nashville into the No. 7 seed. Columbus enters tonight's games tied for the No. 5 slot in the draft lottery, but can fall as low as the No. 3 slot in the lottery or rise as high as a tie for the No. 6 slot.
From the Preds View: This is a big game in determining where the Preds will end up seeded in the Western Conference. Detroit enters play tonight one spot ahead of the Preds in the conference standings, but that is only because the Wings have played one fewer game. A Detroit loss -- either in regulation or overtime/shootout -- helps Nashville's chances to remain ahead of the Wings in the final standings; a regulation loss for the Wings would allow the Preds to control their own destiny in relation to Detroit (with a Detroit loss tonight and a Nashville win tomorrow night, the Preds would secure no worse than the No. 6 seed in the conference).

Chicago at Colorado
What's At Stake: Both teams are heading to the playoffs. Colorado is locked into the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, while Chicago is in a battle with San Jose for the No. 1/No. 2 seed in the Conference. With a win tonight Chicago would move back into a tie with San Jose for the No. 1 seed in the Conference heading into the season finales this weekend. This could be a preview of a First Round playoff match-up, so there may be some "message sending" in the game.
From the Preds View: The Preds don't have an immediate stake in this game, but since the Hawks could be a potential First Round playoff opponent for the Preds, there is a passing interest in the outcome.

Anaheim at St. Louis
What's At Stake: Both teams are eliminated from playoff contention, so not a lot at stake for either squad. This is the home finale for St. Louis, so there's always team pride at stake in finales. Anaheim and St. Louis are tied in the standings, so the result tonight will have a direct impact on draft positioning for both squads.
From the Preds View: The Predators don't have an immediate stake in this game, but seeing as Nashville hosts St. Louis tomorrow night, tonight's game may be an indicator as to how focused the Blues remain.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36