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.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33