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.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 9 2 5 4 7
R. Johansen 9 3 3 1 6
R. Josi 9 0 6 -3 6
S. Weber 9 2 3 -4 5
M. Ekholm 9 3 1 2 4
J. Neal 9 2 1 -3 3
M. Fisher 9 2 1 -3 3
F. Forsberg 9 1 2 -6 3
C. Smith 6 1 1 3 2
R. Ellis 9 0 2 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 4 5 0 .915 2.48
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00