Posted April 02, 2012 on AP on Fox
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, ...
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