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Time to start scoreboard watching in the West…

The National Hockey League playoffs start two months from today which means the Nashville Predators along with every other team in the Western Conference not named the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers (for different reasons) will start scoreboard watching soon.

With the Nashville win over the Colorado Avalanche last night, the Predators found themselves back in fourth place in the West and holding strong to second in the Central.

While the Preds were idle today, the Detroit Red Wings knocked off the Boston Bruins 4-2 on national TV, further separating themselves from the Central Division pack. They are now seven points ahead of second place Nashville. Both teams have played in 56 games so neither has an advantage in that respect.

Chasing Nashville’s “first round home ice advantage” today were the Los Angeles Kings, the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks.

The Kings leap-frogged the ninth-place Calgary Flames with their 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon, the San Jose Sharks were leading 2-1 midway through the third but ended up losing — in regulation — to the Florida Panthers, 3-2 and Anaheim blasted last place Edmonton, 4-0 to hurdle their Northern California rivals for sixth place.

So, until at least Monday night, the Predators will remain in fourth place in the West.

Remember, while Nashville is idle tomorrow, the Phoenix Coyotes could jump them with even a single point against the Washington Capitals.