This afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 in the shootout, locking the Red Wings into 5th place in the Western Conference.
Chicago will finish in 6th and play the Pacific Division champion, to be determined later tonight.
There are several other ramifications of the Detroit loss. It means the Nashville Predators finish in fourth place, regardless of what happens in their game against the Colorado Avalanche tonight. It also means the Preds will have home ice advantage for the first time since the 2006-07 season. It also means that Nashville has finished ahead of Detroit in the standings for the first time in franchise history.
This will be the the third time the Central Division rivals have squared off in the post season. Nashville’s first trip to the playoffs came in 2004 and they lost to the Red Wings four games to two. The last times they faced each other in the quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup was in 2008 and the series outcome was the same.
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