Coming into the night, the Nashville Predators were two points out of 9th place in the West. By contrast, the Colorado Avalanche were dead last in the conference and appeared near death as far as their playoff hopes were concerned.
In short, this was a game the Predators had to win. Not just to pull themselves up the conference ladder but also because Colorado is a team they have to beat if they want to get into the dance for the eighth time in nine years.
Thankfully, they turned in another gritty performance and brought home a 3-1 victory. Goals from Patric Hornqvist, David Legwand and Paul Guastad along with 25 saves from Pekka Rinne combined for Nashville’s 15th win of the year.
The Predators finish the night with 38 points and are tied with the St. Louis Blues for 8th (but sit in 9th since they’ve played three more games).
More than the win itself, it was how the Preds won that was most impressive. This team has lacked consistency all season long but, in the past three games hav...