The Nashville Predators may have gone into the break with a loss to one of the best teams in the league, but over the previous 10 games the team has made a push to put themselves in the playoff hunt.
Heading into the Winter Olympic Break, Minnesota takes the first spot in the wild card run with 69 points. If the season ended today, Dallas would have the last playoff spot (and the second of two wild card positions) with 64 points.
Fighting for a wild card spot are the Phoenix Coyotes with 64 points, Vancouver Canucks with 63 points, Winnipeg Jets with 62 points and Nashville with 60 points.
As percentages go, Nashville has a slim chance to make the playoffs.
The Preds are in last place in the Central Division, and Sports Club Stats gives Nashville a 3.5 percent chance to qualify for the postseason.
However, the club’s play over this recent stretch of games and a chance for the return of goaltender Pekka Rinne should give fans some encouragement for a late season surge.
There are 23 games left this season, so there’s no reason to panic just yet. Nashville will have to earn their spot if the want to get into the playoffs, however.
If the Predators win half of their remaining games (or earn on average one point per game), they will not be in contention. Nashville will need to earn 1.5 points per game to be in the mix.
With Nashville still in the hunt and an Olympic Break to rest up for a playoff push, expect Nashville to be buyers at the trade deadline.