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Written by Jay Levin
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Predators are officially playoff bound! The Predators got good news on a couple of fronts Wednesday night, with the Anaheim Ducks’ regulation win over the San Jose Sharks, Nashville has officially locked up a spot for 2012 playoffs.
Further, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ win over the Detroit Red Wings put Nashville just one point behind Detroit in the race for the No. 4 seed and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Predators and Red Wings meet in a pivotal game Friday night in Detroit at 6:30pm.Thursday night is a light night of action in the Western Conference with three games involving Conference participants, but only two have an impact on the playoff race.
St. Louis at Chicago – The St. Louis Blues can clinch the Central Division Title with a regulation or overtime win; the Chicago Blackhawks enter 3 points behind Nashville for the No. 5 seed.
San Jose at Phoenix – The Phoenix Coyotes enter 1 point behind San Jose in the race for the No. 8 seed 2 points behind the Dallas Stars for the top spot in the Pacific Division; San Jose enters 1 point behind Dallas for the top spot in the Pacific Division
Florida at Minnesota – Has no impact on the Western Conference Standings
Wednesday Night’s Results
Columbus defeat Detroit, 4-2 – Preds remain 1 point behind the Red Wings in the race for the No. 4 seed
Los Angeles defeat Calgary, 3-0 – With win LA moved from No. 9 seed to No. 7 seed
Dallas defeat Edmonton, 3-1 – With win Dallas moved from No. 7 seed to No. 3 seed
Anaheim defeat San Jose, 3-1 – Preds officially clinch playoff spot; Anaheim was officially eliminated from playoff contention based on other results tonight
Tuesday Night’s Results
St. Louis defeat Nashville, 3-0 – Preds remain in the No. 5 seed
New Jersey defeat Chicago, 2-1 SO – Hawks 3 points behind Preds with 5 games left in regular season
Upcoming Western Conference Schedule
Florida at Columbus – Will have no impact on the Western Conference playoff picture
Nashville at Detroit – teams enter separated by 1 point in the race for the No. 4 spot in the Conference (and first round home ice advantage)
Colorado at Calgary – impact on the race for the final Conference playoff spots
Los Angeles at Edmonton – LA enters Thursday night in the No. 7 seed, 1 point behind division leading Dallas and 1 point ahead of No. 9 seed Phoenix
Dallas at Vancouver – key to Vancouver’s race for the No. 1 spot in the Conference; key to Dallas’s race for one of the final Conference playoff spots & for the Pacific Division title
TopicsAnaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Nashville TN, Phoenix Coyotes, Predators, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues
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