By The Numbers: Saturday's Scenarios For The Preds

Saturday, 04.7.2012 / 2:32 PM CT / 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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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