Nashville Predators: Strong performances lead to Predators climb in Power Rankings

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(Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
(Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /

The Nashville Predators are on a roll. So are some other teams in the Western Conference. Who is making a statement in this week’s power rankings.

We have reached Thanksgiving week! After a questionable start to the season, fans of the Nashville Predators were who this team really was. Now, with a quarter of the season completed, things are looking good. Really good.

Still, the Western Conference is loaded with teams and talent. Five teams sit tied with 21 points. Three more teams sit above those teams by four or fewer points. In the Central Division, no team has less than 21 points. Nor do they have more losses in regulation than wins. To say there is depth in competition in the Central would be an understatement.

Last week, the St. Louis Blues took the top spot in our rankings. Spoiler Alert: They are still in the top spot. However, there is plenty of action for the remaining spots. Could a team that was not in the rankings last week make an appearance now? If so, who drops out?

With it being the week of Thanksgiving, this may be one of the most significant Power Rankings of all. In the NHL, teams who find themselves in playoff position at America’s Thanksgiving make the playoffs 70% of the time. If that is the case, several teams will be disappointed.

With that all in mind, let us break down this week’s edition of Predlines’ Western Conference Power Rankings. Grab you fork and knife. Let’s dig in.