The Nashville Predators are on the verge of clinching home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs, and they may get it without doing anything by the time they take the ice Saturday night.
If there's work left to do, though, they shouldn't be too concerned.
The Predators will need - at most - one point to clinch the Western Conference's fourth seed in their regular-season finale at the Pepsi Center as they look for a ninth consecutive victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
Nashville (47-26-8) trailed Detroit by one point for home ice in the first round heading into Thursday's action, but when the Red Wings slipped up with a 2-1 home loss to New Jersey, the Predators took advantage. After two scoreless periods against Dallas, Francis Bouillon got Nashville on the board and Patric Hornqvist scored his team-leading 26th goal with two minutes left to seal a 2-0 victory.
"We were just worried about winning the game and see if they could put it back in our court,'' coach Barry...