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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A bit of separation

#2 – Vegas Golden Knights

Last Week’s Ranking: #2

Record Last Week: 3-1-0

Is Vegas rebounding or will the excitement of the season wear them down? Injuries are certainly a concern. James Neal has missed the last six games with an injured hand, and Reilly Smith is going to miss at least one more game. Vegas has not scored more than four goals in Neal’s absence. The tenor of their current road trip almost changed on Sunday, but a late goal led to an eventual shootout win over Buffalo.

#1 – Nashville Predators

Last Week’s Ranking: #1

Record Last Week: 3-0-1

Three of the Predators’ four games were on home ice. That certainly helps. But, all four games were against teams in the playoffs if the season ended today. There is no doubt Nashville is the NHL’s hottest team. With a seven point lead in the division, and five points in the conference, the Predators are in a prime spot to earn home ice in the playoffs. But, the rest of the season is filled with tests. Ten of their final 14 games are against playoff hopes, including two against Winnipeg and Minnesota, plus Tampa.

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