By The Numbers: Saturday's Scenarios For The Preds

Saturday, 04.07.2012 / 3:32 PM / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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By The Numbers: Saturday\'s Scenarios For The Preds
update included after Saturday afternoon's Detroit/Chicago game

Eighty-one games in the books and still the Preds don't know who they'll play in the first round of the playoffs ... nor do they know where they'll open the first series. Thanks to Thursday night's results, the Preds do know they will be in the No. 4 vs. No. 5 series. And they know their opponent will be a Central Division Rival --- either the Detroit Red Wings or the Chicago Blackhawks.

Which division rival and whether the Preds open at home or on the road will be answered on Saturday. Detroit and Chicago play during the afternoon on Saturday and will determine whether the Preds game later that night at Colorado holds any significance to the match-ups.

The short version: A Chicago win in the afternoon -- in regulation, overtime, or shootout -- and Nashville locks up the No. 4 seed (and home ice advantage) before the puck drops for the Preds/Avs game. A Detroit win in the afternoon -- in regulation, overtime, or shootout -- and Nashville needs to get at least one point from its game at Colorado to lock down the No. 4 seed.

Check out the different combinations of results below to see what it means for the Preds first round match-up.

Note: With Chicago's shootout win over Detroit today, the Preds will host the Red Wings in the Western Conference Quarterfinals series.


With a Chicago regulation win...
...the Preds would be assured of the No. 4 seed regardless of the results at Colorado and would host No. 5 seed Chicago in the Western Conference Quarterfinals; Detroit would finish as the No. 6 seed and would open the playoffs at the Pacific Division winner

With a Chicago overtime or shootout win...
...the Preds would be assured of the No. 4 seed regardless of the results at Colorado and would host No. 5 seed Detroit in the Western Conference Quarterfinals; Chicago would finish as the No. 6 seed and would open the playoffs at the Pacific Division winner

With a Detroit win (regulation, overtime, or shootout)...
...and a Nashville win or a Nashville overtime/shootout loss: The Preds would finish No. 4 and would host No. 5 seed Detroit in the Western Conference Quarterfinals; Chicago would finish as the No. 6 seed and would open the playoffs at the Pacific Division winner
...and a Nashville regulation loss: The Preds would finish No. 5 and would travel to No. 4 seed Detroit to open the Western Conference Quarterfinals; Chicago would finish as the No. 6 seed and would open the playoffs at the Pacific Division winner


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