Instant Analysis: The No. 5 Seed

Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 2:40 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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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.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61