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Predators can Clinch Playoff Spot Tonight

Nashville needs Win over Dallas, Help from St. Louis to get in Tonight


DALLAS-Last night, the San Jose Sharks became the seventh team, and sixth from the Western Conference, to clinch a spot in the 2016 playoffs. Tonight, the Nashville Predators have a chance to join that group. They will need some help, though, to get there.

A win over the Dallas Stars and a Colorado Avalanche loss in regulation will put the Predators in the playoff for the second straight season.

Nashville enters tonight’s action sitting comfortably in the first wild card spot in the Western Conference, six points ahead of the Minnesota Wild. However, the Predators are still within striking distance of third place in the Central Division, just four points behind the Chicago Blackhawks.

It won’t be an easy task tonight for Nashville, though. They visit a Stars team that is in first place in their division and the conference. Dallas is also the highest scoring team in the West, having scored 247 goals in 76 games.

As mentioned earlier, the Predators will also need help tonight in order to clinch a playoff spot. Should Nashville defeat the Stars in any manner, the Avalanche would need to lose to the St. Louis Blues in regulation to assure the Predators a spot in the playoffs for the ninth time in franchise history.

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