With wins in three straight home games, the Predators have gotten back in the NHL's playoff race in the Western Conference.
Nashville entered Tuesday with 34 points, tying San Jose for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Sharks, however, hold the tiebreaker at present, playing two fewer games.
With just 15 games remaining, the Predators' chances to make the playoffs would seem to be bolstered by a number of factors, not the least is their schedule, which appears to have taken on added significance this season, with 48 games in a mere 99 days.
Still, there is at least one factor that could cause the Predators a bit of difficulty.
While the Predators have the 16th-most points in the league at 34, they own the league's ninth-best home points percentage at 1.47 per game (Nashville is in a virtual dead heat with eighth-place Los Angeles, which has an advantage of 0.004).
The Predators' main issue has been playing far more games on the road in the early part of their season, and s...