Instant Analysis: The No. 5 Seed

Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 2:40 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
X
Share with your Friends


Instant Analysis: The No. 5 Seed
With Detroit's win over Chicago in today's afternoon game, the Preds are locked into the No. 5 seed in the 2011 playoffs. Finishing in the No. 5 seed was the highest placement the Preds could earn out of today's games and means a first round match up against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks might be the hottest team in the Conference entering the playoffs and Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne might be the two most dangerous forwards in the NHL over the past two/three weeks. Still, the Preds matched up well with the Ducks during the regular season, winning three of the four games, including a 5-4 playoff-type battle just two weeks ago.

Injuries at the goaltending position for the Ducks mean former Preds netminder Dan Ellis has a good chance to open the series as the starter for Anaheim, bringing an interesting goaltending match-up between former teammates Ellis and Pekka Rinne. They shared goaltending duties for the Preds in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

If the Preds advance out of the first round, the No. 5 seed holds more upside for the second round than the other possible seeding options. With all the parity in the Conference and the talent laden teams at the bottom of the playoff seeding, the potential for first round upsets is significant --- Chicago has knocked out Vancouver the past two seasons and could match-up with the Canucks again this year; Phoenix will get a rematch with Detroit after last year’s seven game nail-biter in the Conference Quarterfinals; San Jose and LA will meet in a California showdown --- if two division winners go down in the first round, the winner of the #4/#5 series hosts a Division Semifinals match-up.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 55 11 29 -2 40
F. Forsberg 55 18 18 -7 36
S. Weber 55 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 55 6 28 3 34
J. Neal 55 20 13 18 33
M. Ekholm 55 6 19 3 25
R. Ellis 54 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 55 11 7 -1 18
C. Jarnkrok 54 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 38 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 8 .902 2.57
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36