I’m not an optimist by any means, but somehow, Nashville is still mathematically in the playoff hunt. Granted, Nashville’s chances are less than one percent now and it would have a 14 percent chance of making the dance if the Predators won the next seven games. At this point, the least amount of points the Predators can amass and still make the playoffs is 85. Anything less than that and they are eliminated. Right now, Nashville has 75 with seven games to go. Losing two more games would shut the door for Nashville.
As far as draft picks go, Nashville is too far away from finishing at a prime spot for the draft. Buffalo has the best odds of getting the top pick with 48 points and last in the league. If the Predators lose out, Sports Club Stats says the Preds would finish somewhere from 24 to 28. – Sports Club Stats
So, yeah. It looks like the Predators are between a rock and a hard place. Let’s distract ourselves from that and go to today’s Predlines Headlines.
- Have you been watching hockey’s Sweet Sixteen? On Friday night in the Midwest region, Ferris State edged by Colgate 1-0 and North Dakota pulled off the upset and beat Wisconsin 5-2 after an onslaught of goals in the final two minutes. In the East region, Union (N.Y.) beat Vermont and Providence blew out Quinnipiac. Today, the rest of the regional competition gets underway for a spot in the Frozen Four in Philadelphia on April 10-12.
- The fastest hat trick ever recorded happened this week in the WOAA championship game. The three goals in 10 seconds were scored by 8-year-old Brayden MacIntosh. Granted, this is just pee-wee hockey, but for any kid to pull off that feat is pretty impressive. Stick tap to Sparky for the hatty. – Puck Daddy