Originally written on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 1/13/12
Before the beginning of this home and home set with Colorado, the Predators knew they needed all four points. But it seemed like a pipe dream. With their 3-2 overtime win over the Avalanche, the Predators have put themselves four points clear of Colorado with a total of 52 points to Colorado's 48. Coming into this series, Nashville was only one point ahead of the Avalanche. It was also Nashville's seventh consecutive victory over Colorado, dating back to the 2009-10 season. Most importantly for Nashville, it has found some consistency with its defensive identity. Over the last seven games, the Predators have allowed just 14 goals. On top of that, they are one goal up in the standings goal differential. Only once, since the lockout, has a team from the Western Conference made the postseason with a negative standings goal differential. On top of Nashville's stellar defensive performances, the Predators have figured out ways to claw back in games and win them after getting down early...
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