Preview #82: Nashville's Regular Season Comes To A Close In St. Louis

Season Records

Nashville Predators 44-26-11

St. Louis Blues 37-33-11

All eyes are on Marty Erat. Will the forward return in time for the playoffs?

With the Predators sixth playoff berth in seven years finally secure, Nashville takes to the ice one more time this regular season on Saturday night in St. Louis.  With playoff positioning at stake, the Predators will be looking for a win to close out the season, with fourth place in the West — and home ice advantage — still up in the air.

“There is still a lot on the table,” Pekka Rinne said, adding “We can still finish fourth. I think we need a little bit of help from other teams, but still it’s in our own hands. That would be amazing to start at home.”

St. Louis, a divisional rival of the Predators, have hopes of making things more difficult on Nashville. A team that has struggled this season, the Blues will be looking to head into the off season on a high note.

With Friday night’s 4-1 win, the Predators ended the season with fewer than 10 home losses in regulation. Only Washington and Vancouver share the same statistic — one that is very promising going into the post season.

A part of the team’s success has been their resiliency in the face of adversity. Head Coach Barry Trotz talked about it  after Friday night’s win. “A month ago, looking at our schedule, we weren’t in the playoffs. We were hovering around nine of ten, we had more guys hurt — we weren’t getting Frankie Bouillon back — and it probably didn’t look like the Nashville Predators would be in the mix, but we had a good run at home here.”

Sunday, when the regular season wraps up the Predators position will be clear going into the post season. Playoffs begin on Wednesday, April 13th.

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