Schedule for success
The second half of the season is set up perfectly for the Nashville Predators to win. I detailed this a few days ago. Of the top teams in the Western Conference, the Predators’ schedule is the easiest. That is not to say their schedule is easy. Of the 38 games left, 12 come against teams with losing records. The Vegas Golden Knights, for example, have 5 such games left.
Additionally, the Predators have 21 home games left, more than any other team in the race for the west. But let’s go a little deeper.
Nashville has the best records against the West of all teams in the conference. They have the fifth best road record of all teams in the NHL. And, they are the NHL’s best team in games decided by a goal or less.
And, for the record, the Predators are 13-6-3 against current playoff teams. The St. Louis Blues are 13-8-2, the Golden Knights 15-6-1. As for the Tampa Bay Lightning, they are 15-6-2 against playoff teams, 8-3 over the Western Conference.
The remaining schedule helps the Predators. And compare well to other favorites to win it all. I call that a “win-win.” Should the Predators win home-ice advantage through the playoffs, watch out.