The Predators finished off their slate of games in the 2011-12 regular season with a strong offensive victory, 6-1 over the Colorado Avalanche.
But it was tough to gauge the Predators following the win. They won by a lot, but they were without their usual first line of Martin Erat, Sergei Kostitsyn and Mike Fisher -- who were given the night off. They didn't have Hal Gill or Francis Bouillon.
Also, Colorado had been eliminated one game earlier and had very little to play for. Still, a win is a win.
The Predators found out earlier in the day that they will play Detroit in the first round of the postseason. The Predators went 3-3-0 against the Red Wings this season. Nashville won their last two contests against Detroit, including a victory at Joe Louis Arena. The Predators have never beaten the Red Wings in the postseason. They've never even won a game at Joe Louis Arena in the playoffs. Nashville has played Detroit twice.
This makes the fact that the Predators got home-ice ad...