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Photo of Luke Evangelista by John Russell/Nashville Predators

Despite a 28-save performance from Kevin Lankinen, the Nashville Predators were shutout by the New York Islanders on Saturday only to bounce back 24 hours later and knock off the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a shootout to inch closer to clinching a playoff spot.

Roman Josi and Luke Evangelista scored Nashville’s regulation goals against the Devils, and Ryan O’Reilly tallied the lone goal in the shootout. Juuse Saros saved 23 of 25 shots to earn his 34th win of the season.

The Predators, who have five more wins, one fewer regulation losses and four fewer overtime losses than they did this time last season, host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

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Two of the Predators top 2023 draft picks will face each other in the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs.

Who’s the Predators’ best Round 1 playoff matchup? Why does Nashville play better on the road than at home? Which of the team’s prospects are future All-Stars? These questions and more are answered in our latest mailbag.

Michael McCarron was recently named by the PHWA as the Predators’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Central Division Standings

  1. Dallas Stars — 48-20-9, 105 points
  2. Colorado Avalanche — 48-23-6, 102 points
  3. Winnipeg Jets — 47-24-6, 100 points
  4. Nashville Predators – 45-29-4, 94 points
  5. St. Louis Blues — 41-32-5, 87 points
  6. Minnesota Wild – 37-31-9, 83 points
  7. Arizona Coyotes — 33-39-5, 71 points
  8. Chicago Blackhawks — 23-49-5, 51 points

Wild Card Standings

  1. Nashville Predators – 45-29-4, 94 points
  2. Los Angeles Kings – 40-25-11, 91 points
  3. St. Louis Blues — 41-32-5, 87 points
  4. Minnesota Wild – 37-31-9, 83 points

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