303 QUICK POLL: Can the Preds catch the Red Wings?

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Five points back. Seven games to go. Can it be done?

In the past three weeks, the Nashville Predators have gone from “not making the playoffs” to having a legitimate chance at home ice advantage. The loss in Calgary and the overtime loss in San Jose on March 6 and 8, respectively were the lowest points as far as fan confidence goes. After all, they had only scored 13 goals in their last eight games and had lost six of those eight.

But that was then. Now, Nashville is on a five-game win streak and beating the teams they need to beat in order to get into the post season. The Boston Bruins (currently 3rd in the Eastern Conference), the Detroit Red Wings (2nd, West), the Buffalo Sabres (8th, East), the Edmonton Oilers (15th, West) and the Anaheim Ducks (8th, West) have all fallen victim to the Nashville surge into 5th place in the conference and 2nd in the Central Division.

So now that they are, in fact, 2nd in the division and only five points back of arch-rival Detroit, doesn’t it beg the question: Can the Predators hang a Central Division banner from the rafters of Bridgestone Arena for the first time?

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
* The Red Wings have one game in-hand on Nashville.
* If Detroit runs the table, they’ll have 111 points.
* If Nashville runs the table, they’ll have 104.
* The two teams will meet one more time in the regular season, in Nashville, on April 2.
* Four of Nashville’s last five games are against non-playoff teams.
* Three of Detroit’s remaining games are against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks (who, by the way, need every point they can get to stay in the Western Conference pack).
* Detroit’s injury list includes Pavel Datsyuk, Chris Osgood, Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi. All but Bertuzzi won’t see action until the end of the season.

So weigh in in the comments section below! Can the Predators overtake the Red Wings to win their first Central Division title? Let the discussion begin!

7 Comments

  1. Beth Rogers

    March 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

    They absolutely can run the table if they keep focused. I don’t know the mechanics of hockey as well as most that read these pages, but they are the scrappiest team I know. (If you would have told me two years ago I would be posting on a hockey blog, I would have had you committed!)

  2. Ryan

    March 26, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    A central division champs banner would be the best moment in Nashville hockey history. Will it happen? Probably not but it’s not out of reach and I sure hope it happens. Not for the better playoff matchup or home ice but for the body of work that this city has put in for hockey and the Predators. GO PREDS!!!

  3. @stackiii

    March 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    If Chicago runs the table, they’ll have 106. Even if Detroit falters, Chicago could still beat Nashville out of the spot.

    I don’t see it happening.

  4. Paul

    March 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Possible yes… probable, no…

  5. Mark Hollingsworth

    March 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    It would be unlikely…but would love to see ‘em make a run at it. Let’s just take the games one at a time until they play next Saturday and see where things stand at that point.

    Ay! Oh! Wings Blow!

  6. Cari Renee`

    March 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I would love to say yes.. but, life is a crazy thing, and short of bribes and payoffs, there is no way to even ‘sort of’ maybe possibly guarantee anything. The only thing guaranteed is that we die at the end of it. *shrug* Whether they do, or whether they don’t.. I will always support them. I am not a ‘fair weather fan’ like some folks are.

    Go for it, Preds. You have everything to gain. And… “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” *wink*

  7. jessica garcia

    March 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Of course…. we got mr mike fisher….. im in section 303 watching preds kill dallas!