Monday, April 2, 2012

Race for fourth place: Preds can retake home ice lead

Nashville can reach 100 points on Tuesday night

The Nashville Predators can jump back into fourth place in the Western Conference with a win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville currently sits in fifth place in the Western Conference standings with 98 points on the year.

Western Conference Standings
1. Vancouver- 107 points
2. St. Louis- 106 points
3. Los Angeles-93 points
4. Detroit- 99 points
5. Nashville- 98 points 
6. Chicago-98 points
7. Phoenix- 91 points
8. San Jose- 90 points
9. Dallas- 89 points
10. Colorado- 88 points
11. Calgary- 86 points
12. Minnesota-78 points
13. Anaheim- 77 points
14. Edmonton-73 points
15. Columbus- 61 points

Preds season series with Minnesota

November 23, 2011- Minnesota was able to come from behind in the third period to get a 3-2 win over the Predators. Cal Clutterbuck scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal for the Wild while shorthanded to put Minnesota up 3-1 after it they had trailed 1-0 heading into the third period. Ryan Suter added a goal for Nashville to bring them within one goal, but the Wild were able to hold on for their lone victory over Nashville so far this season.

December 28, 2011- In a game that remained scoreless until seven minutes into the third period, the Predators were able to get the 2-1 victory over the Wild by way of a shootout. Jordin Tootoo scored the lone goal for the Predators in regulation, while Colin Wilson scored the game-winning shootout goal for Nashville on a nifty backhand move.

January 31, 2012- In what was perhaps the most improbable comeback of the season, Nashville was able to get a shocking 5-4 victory in Minnesota after being down by a 4-1 score at one point in the third period.  Brandon Yip and Patric Hornqvist scored to bring the Predators within one with 3:21 remaining in the third period. Mike Fisher tied the game for Nashville with three minutes left, and then proceeded to score the game-winning goal for the Predators with 21 seconds remaining in regulation.

Detroit will take on the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night at Scottrade Center. Chicago is off until Thursday night when they take on Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center.

(Photo Credit: Leanne Charles)

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