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2012 Playoff Picture: Preds Clinch Playoff Spot; One Point Out Of Home Ice

Wednesday, 03.28.2012 / 11:29 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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2012 Playoff Picture: Preds Clinch Playoff Spot; One Point Out Of Home Ice
after all games played on Wednesday, March 28

The Preds are officially playoff bound! The Preds got good news on a couple of fronts Wednesday night, with Anaheim's regulation win over San Jose, Nashville has officically locked up a spot for 2012 playoffs. Further, Columbus's win over Detroit kept Nashville just one point behind Detroit in the race for the No. 4 seed and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs --- the Preds and Wings meet in a pivotal game Friday night.

Preds Clinching Chart
#9 seed Phoenix
87 points + 5 games remaining = 97 maximum points
Nashville needs 1 points to clinch better record (1 point would force tie breaker - Nashville has secured the tie breaker vs. Phoenix)
#8 seed San Jose
88 points + 5 games remaining = 98 maximum points
Nashville needs 2 points to clinch better record (2 points would force tie breaker - Nashville has secured the tie breaker vs. San Jose)
#7 seed Los Angeles
88 points + 5 games remaining = 98 maximum points
Nashville needs 2 points to clinch better record (2 points would force tie breaker - Nashville has secured the tie breaker vs. Los Angeles)
#6 seed Chicago
93 points + 5 games remaining = 103 maximum points
Nashville needs 8 points to clinch better record (7 points to force tie breaker - tie breaker still TBD)
#3 seed Dallas
89 points + 5 games remaining = 99 maximum points
Nashville needs 4 points to clinch better record (3 points to force tie breaker - tie breaker still TBD)

* entering Wednesday’s action, Nashville had already secured a better record over six Western Conference teams (Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Columbus, Edmonton, Minnesota)
Thursday
Thursday night is a light night of action in the Western Conference with three games involving Conference participants, but only two have an impact on the playoff race:
St. Louis at Chicago - St. Louis can clinch the Central Division Title with a regulation or overtime win; Chicago enters 3 points behind Nashville for the No. 5 seed
San Jose at Phoenix - Phoenix enters 1 point behind San Jose in the race for the No. 8 see2 points behind Dallas for the top spot in the Pacific Division; San Jose enters 1 point behind Dallas for the top spot in the Pacific Division
Florida at Minnesota - Has no impact on the Western Conference Standings



Wednesday Night's Results:
Columbus d. Detroit, 4-2 – Preds remain 1 point behind the Red Wings in the race for the No. 4 seed
Los Angeles d. Calgary, 3-0 – With win LA moved from No. 9 seed to No. 7 seed
Dallas d. Edmonton, 3-1 – With win Dallas moved from No. 7 seed to No. 3 seed
Anaheim d. San Jose, 3-1 – Preds officially clinch playoff spot; Anaheim was officially eliminated from playoff contention based on other results tonight

Tuesday Night's Results:
St. Louis d. Nashville, 3-0 – Preds remain in the No. 5 seed
New Jersey d. Chicago, 2-1 SO – Hawks 3 points behind Preds with 5 games left in regular season


Upcoming Western Conference Schedule:
Friday
Florida at Columbus - Will have no impact on the Western Conference playoff picture
Nashville at Detroit - teams enter separated by 1 point in the race for the No. 4 spot in the Conference (and first round home ice advantage)
Colorado at Calgary - impact on the race for the final Conference playoff spots
Los Angeles at Edmonton - LA enters Thursday night in the No. 7 seed, 1 point behind division leading Dallas and 1 point ahead of No. 9 seed Phoenix
Dallas at Vancouver - key to Vancouver's race for the No. 1 spot in the Conference; key to Dallas's race for one of the final Conference playoff spots & for the Pacific Division title

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  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
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10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
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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
 
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