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The Preds have to face the Ducks in the first round, which makes them big underdogs. They're still a threat, though. Filip Forsberg just tied the franchise's single-season goals record with 33 and James Neal also eclipsed the 30-goal mark. They've got some pop to compete with the league's stingiest team.
The Preds have been backsliding a bit lately with four straight losses, but they've clinched the first wild-card spot and now await the Kings or Ducks in the first round. They'll be a tough out, but this road is a tough one.
The Preds have been one of the NHL's best teams since mid-February with points in 18 of their last 21 games. They have the first wild-card spot on lock down and at least a slim shot at catching Chicago for third in the division.
The Preds' recent 5-2 win over the Kings helped show that their recent run of success has been no fluke. Since a four-game losing streak in mid-January, Nashville has gone 18-4-5. Pekka Rinne's goaltending has been one source of the team's overall improvement as the season has worn on.
Nashville should be getting nice and cozy in the top wild-card spot in the West. They have a nine-point advantage over the next closest team, but still remain five points away from the top three in the Central.
The Preds have set a new franchise record with points in 12 straight games. They're also creating some distance between themselves and the wild-card pack. The Preds have a six-point cushion atop the wild-card standings.
The Predators timed their recent hot streak well, allowing GM David Poile to pretty much sit out the deadline this year. Filip Forsberg is starting to break out with eight goals in his last seven games. They need him to help carry this offense.
The Preds have points in seven of their last 10 games and remain a point ahead of Colorado for the first wild-card spot. Now they have to seriously worry about the hard charging Minnesota Wild again, too.
Having gone 5-3-2 over their last 10 games, the Preds remain in the top wild-card spot in the West. Their scoring has picked up a bit, too. Filip Forsberg may be breaking out of his sophomore slump with seven points in his last five games.
The Preds emphatically busted out of their post All-Star break lull with a 6-2 win over the Sharks. They moved back into the top wild-card spot and now must brace for a truly trying six-game stretch against some of the league's higher end teams.
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The Preds' season remains dependent on the health of goalie Pekka Rinne, who is picking up right where he left off on a season that ended with him earning a Vezina finalist nod. That said, the Preds defense looks great early, too.
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