The Nashville Predators' spot in the postseason is secure, but their recent spotty play means they won't want to take their final regular-season games lightly.
The Minnesota Wild are out of contention, but relishing their role as a spoiler.
Possibly needing to win its final three games for a chance at home-ice advantage in the first round, Nashville on Tuesday night will host a Minnesota club in the midst of its longest winning streak in nearly four months.
The Predators (45-26-8) have dropped four of seven and six of nine, including a 5-4 home defeat to Chicago on Saturday. With 98 points, they are tied with the Blackhawks for fifth in the Western Conference with a game in hand. Detroit - which like Nashville has three games remaining - is in fourth place with 99 points.
That fourth spot carries with it home ice in the first round. The Predators are 24-10-5 at Bridgestone Arena, compared with a 21-16-3 road mark. The Red Wings and Blackhawks may want the No. 4 seed even worse, ...