Nashville Predators: Power Rankings show fight for playoff position

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 10: The Nashville Predators starting line hold hands with Children's Hospital patients during the National Anthem on Hockey Fights Cancer night prior an NHL game against the New Jersey Devils at Bridgestone Arena on March 10, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 10: The Nashville Predators starting line hold hands with Children's Hospital patients during the National Anthem on Hockey Fights Cancer night prior an NHL game against the New Jersey Devils at Bridgestone Arena on March 10, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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One way or another

This is where things really get interesting for me. While the Nashville Predators have a sizable lead in the conference, any of the next three teams could overtake them. All three had good weeks, but many of their opponents are out of the hunt.

#4 – Minnesota Wild

Last Week’s Ranking: #4

Record Last Week: 3-1-0

Three wins means six points, and that is what the Wild needed in order to stay in the hunt. Outscoring your opposition 16-9 helps, but none of the teams they played are even close to making the playoffs. Carolina was their best opponent, and the Wild won 6-2. But the loss to Edmonton on the road gives me pause.

#3 – Winnipeg Jets

Last Week’s Ranking: #3

Record Last Week: 3-1-0

The Jets finished the week with the same record as the Wild. Thankfully, six points separate the two in the standings because their weeks were almost identical. Winnipeg is on a six-game road trip to the East Coast. Their one loss came at the hands of the playoff-hopeful Philidelphia Flyers. But they beat the Devils, Rangers, and Hurricanes.