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Lots will be made in the season’s final week about teams like St. Louis, Columbus and Florida trying to make either their first playoff appearance in a long time or, in the Jackets’ case, ever.

Given all the organization has endured, maybe more attention should be directed at the fact the Nashville Predators have a good chance to make their fifth consecutive post-season appearance.

Through unstable ownership, salary dumps and Alexander Radulov’s stunning jump to the Kontinental League last summer, coach Barry Trotz once again has his disciplined team steered toward the post-season.

Nashville has yet to win a playoff round and likely won’t do it this year, either, but still, on a team with no real stars, give Trotz and GM David Poile credit for finding a way to keep this thing consistently on the rails.

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TEAM

LW

OVERALL

L10

THE SCOOP

1

5

51-17-10

8-1-1

An emotional week for Tim Thomas, who signed a new deal and tried to seal Sean Avery's fate

2

1

44-28-7

8-1-1

Eric Staal will be going head-to-head with brother Jordan if Canes play Pittsburgh in Round 1

3

4

52-16-11

7-2-1

Hoping a few of their foot soldiers will recover from injuries in time for the playoffs

4

2

42-28-9

6-2-2

Sidney Crosby drops the gloves after Evgeni Malkin gets crunched; I'm sure Malkin would do the same for him

5

6

50-19-9

6-4-0

Wings are the only team in the league that averages more than 35 shots per game

6

7

49-26-4

3-6-1

Devils' 49 wins equals the all-time franchise mark

7

10

48-23-8

6-2-2

Crazy how much of a forgotten man Michael Nylander has become

8

3

42-27-10

5-4-1

Based on this week's schedule, Northwest is Vancouver's to lose

9

12

41-33-6

8-2-0

Anaheim has four days off to rest up for back-to-back games Friday and Saturday, when it will try to secure a playoff berth

10

15

43-24-11

6-2-2

Nikolai Khabibulin has allowed just two goals in his past three games

11

11

44-28-6

4-6-0

Blueline is very banged up right now

12

8

38-31-10

6-2-2

What a finish for David Backes, who has 13 goals in his past 16 contests

13

14

42-25-11

5-4-1

Scott Hartnell hits the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career and still hasn't cut his hair

14

9

39-32-8

5-2-3

Could really use a power play boost over the last week

15

13

40-29-10

4-2-4

Rick Nash doing his part with nine points in his past six games

16

21

41-27-10

5-3-2

Uniting Saku Koivu, Alex Tanguay and Alex Kovalev just may save Montreal's season

17

17

39-29-11

5-4-1

We find out this week whether keeping Jay Bouwmeester was worth it

18

20

37-33-9

5-4-1

GM Doug Risebrough has one tough task figuring out what to do with Marian Gaborik, who's got 10 goals in 14 games

19

22

37-33-9

4-6-0

Does anybody deserve a vacation more than Dwayne Roloson?

20

19

40-30-9

5-4-1

Worst 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio of any team in the playoff hunt

21

18

38-31-9

4-4-2

Looks like two straight years out of the playoffs

22

16

34-34-10

6-4-0

Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson all on pace for their lowest point totals since the lockout

23

27

34-38-7

6-3-1

It's a one-man show in Phoenix, where Shane Doan has 27 more points than the Coyotes' No. 2 scorer, Matthew Lombardi

24

23

34-39-6

6-4-0

A recent run of 11 wins over 14 games marked the best stretch in franchise history

25

29

35-34-10

2-6-2

Will miss the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. What a disaster 2008-09 has been in Dallas

26

25

32-35-11

3-6-1

Team might not be winning much, but Jonathan Quick continues to make a pitch for the No. 1 job entering next year

27

24

32-34-13

5-5-0

Martin Gerber's play of late won't help him land a contract for next year

28

26

26-43-9

3-6-1

Unbelievable how many injuries this team has right now

29

30

32-44-2

2-7-1

Sunday's 4-1 win over the Canucks marked the first time in 10 games Colorado scored more than two goals in a game

30

28

24-37-18

1-5-4

Vinny officially shuts 'er down to repair his wrist

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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