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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
8 ANA 49 24 18 7 106 113 55
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 51 24 21 6 136 156 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 49 22 24 3 129 145 47
13 WPG 50 22 25 3 129 143 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
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