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BEST OF SEVEN – Game 3, Colorado vs Nashville: Predators looking to rebound


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The Predators continue their “best of 19″ series and their final seven games when they fly into Denver for their second to last away game of the season to take on the Colorado Avalanche.

Looking at the Avs: 3 wins…3 total wins since the All Star break. That’s all for the Avalanche. Since January 30th, Colorado has gone 3-20-4, going from in the Top 8 to fighting for the top pick in next years draft. Currently, the Avalanche are on a 3 game losing streak after a brief 2 game win streak. During the losing streak, the Avs have allowed at LEAST one powerplay goal in each game (4 goals total allowed on the PK) and have been outscored 13-8. This team definitely has a bite left in them, averaging 3+ goals a game in their past 5, however Colorado has the uncanny ability of not being able to finish games, which is why they are were they are. It wouldn’t hurt if they head steady goaltending either, which they don’t

Looking at the Predators: 2 regulation losses in the past 10 games has propelled the Nashville Predators into the 6th spot in the Western Conference with an amazing chance at STILL winning the Central Division (outside chance, of course, but still the chance exists). The Predators dropped a tough one Tuesday night to the Vancouver Canucks with what could only be called a third period collapse (2 total shots in the third, 3 goals allowed) as they played like the Preds that we were used to in the month of February. Right now, Nashville’s magic number stands at 5 points to clinch a playoff spot. That’s 2 total wins and at least one overtime loss and the Predators are in. Who do the Preds finish their season with? One of the easiest schedules: Colorado (3/30), Detroit (4/2), Atlanta (4/5), Columbus (4/8), St. Louis (4/9). If the Predators can’t manage two wins out of these five games they most likely don’t deserve to get into the playoffs

For the Avs to win: Send a flurry of pucks at Pekka Rinne. If the Avs can press the Predators early and force them to make costly mistakes throughout the game, then the Avs could come away with a huge 2 points and a spoiler win against the Predators. This win wouldn’t mean much to Colorado, but it would deliver a strong hit to the Predators playoff chances

For the Predators to win: Learn to shoot the puck and quit looking for the cutesy pass. 2 shots…? SERIOUSLY? The Predators had 2 shots in the third period Tuesday night as they looked for the perfect pass, trying to thread the needle across the slot and maybe find someone up close for an easy tap in. That’s not going to work. If all else fails, just find someone who is open and fire a puck at the net. What is the WORST thing that could happen? The puck doesn’t go in? At least it has a CHANCE to go in on a shot, it doesn’t on a pass. The Preds need to bring the intensity they brought during their 6 game win streak and start a brand new win streak

Prediction: 5-3 Predators. Avs will get a few goals, but it won’t be enough to stop the Preds. I think Nashville may have learned their lesson against Vancouver on Tuesday night

Playoff Outlook: 92 points, Currently, 7th place – 1 point out of 6th, 2 points out of 5th, 3 points out of 4th, 6 points out of 2nd

Best of 19 Record: 9-3-2

BEST OF SEVEN Record: 1-1-0

March Record: 9-3-2

What SportsClubStats Says?: 91.2% chance the Predators make it. The Predators need 99+ points to secure a playoff spot. They are currently 7 points out of a possible 12 points behind that

WHO TO ROOT FOR?:
NASHVILLE PREDATORS vs Colorado Avalanche
SAN JOSE SHARKS vs Dallas Stars
VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs Los Angeles Kings

WHICH TEAMS CANNOT CATCH THE PREDATORS IN THE STANDINGS?:
Minnesota Wild – Max possible points are 92 (2 points away from elimination)
St. Louis Blues – Max possible points are 91 (1 point away from elimination)
Columbus Blue Jackets – Max possible points are 90 (1 point away from elimination)
Colorado Avalanche – Max possible points are 78 (ELIMINATED)
Edmonton Oilers - Max possible points are 69 (ELIMINATED)

Thanks for reading!

~KM