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Nash Daily: Predators Clinching Scenario, Flyers Anticipated Losing Carter Hart



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With their magic number down to one, the Nashville Predators can clinch a playoff spot Tuesday night by securing one point against the Winnipeg jets at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators currently occupy the first wild card spot in the Western Conference, two points ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights.

Nashville is riding a two-game win streak against the Jets, having won two of its previous three meetings this season.

The Predators lost their first matchup with Winnipeg 6-3 back on Nov. 9, then reeled off a 3-2 win on Nov. 26 and a 4-2 win on March 13 that started a six-game win streak and was right in the middle of the team’s franchise-record 18-game point streak.

Juuse Saros is 2-1 against the Jets with a .909 save percentage and 3.03 goals-against average this season.

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There are several Predators players who are on the doorstep of writing their names in the record books.

The Predators knocked off the New Jersey Devils in their last outing to keep pace in the wild-card race. Here’s the plus/minus report from the game.

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

Central Division Standings

  1. Dallas Stars — 49-20-9, 107 points
  2. Colorado Avalanche — 48-24-6, 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. Las Vegas Golden Knights – 42-26-8, 92 points
  3. St. Louis Blues — 41-32-5, 87 points
  4. Minnesota Wild – 37-31-9, 83 points

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