It has been a while since we provided our power rankings. In the season’s final stretch, how do the Nashville Predators stack up within the conference?
My fellow hockey fans, it has been six weeks since our last published power rankings and much has changed. Teams who were at the top lost their footing and fell to pretender status. However, a few others stood strong, fiercely battling to maintain their grip on true playoff contention. It is my honor and duty to say that the state of our Nashville Predators’ is strong. Very strong.
Make no mistake, things could change quickly. Unexpected events could derail all hope of winning home ice throughout the playoffs. Challenges will be presented against the Predators often, and this team will have off nights. We witnessed a week filled with trials, testing the grit of this teams’ roster. Four games in opponent territory. Four times the Predators forced overtime. And four games that leave questions about the roster.
Can they play consistently great hockey? Who can they rely on game after game to push this team to victory? Are they truly good enough on the backend to keep opponents from attacking the net? Do they need to find help on the outside in hopes to find more ways to score?
Still, we observed determination and fight. The Predators fell behind late in the games only to score and give them a chance to win. They earned points. They improved in the standings. And now, they are in the position to earn home ice.
But, how do they stack up with the rest of the Western Conference?