Nashville Predators Are Playing Like They Want a Playoff Birth

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 30: Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, and teammates skate back to the bench following Forsberg's fourth goal during the NHL game between the Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets, held on November 30, 2021, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

After the Nashville Predators took down Columbus two days ago, the Preds are starting to look like a team making a push for the playoffs. Defeating the Blue Jackets by, a very decisive, 6 – 0 final score shows that Nashville is trending in the right direction. Many hockey fans also know that the Thanksgiving day standings are crucial in terms of the teams looking to make a postseason appearance, which is a positive sign for “Smashville” supporters.

The top 3 teams in the Central Division at this moment are Minnesota, St. Louis and Nashville. Several hockey experts have declared Minnesota and St. Louis as true contenders to win it all this year, and the Preds are finally showing they should be in the title conversation as well. Nashville has 25 points right now, putting them just 1 point ahead of both Winnipeg and Dallas in the Central Division. This shows how tight of a race it is to make the playoffs in the Western Conference this season.

The Preds will get another chance to prove themselves as contenders tonight, when they take on the Bruins in Nashville. This game against Boston will test the Predators’ defense, as the Bruins have scored 5 goals in each of their last 2 road games. However, the Preds also have a lot of offensive firepower, which was on full display in their recent 6 goal outing against the Blue Jackets. Filip Forsberg poured in an incredible 4 goals against Columbus, while Nick Cousins and Yakov Trenin both scored once a piece. Everything is beginning to click at the right time for Nashville.

There will inevitably be many more important games to come in the Predators’ near future, but the recent history is showing that “Smashville” has the ability to show up when it matters. The Preds have been great about coming through when it is crucial to do so, despite having their ups and downs this season. Now one lone question for Nashville remains: Can they play consistent enough to solidify that they are Stanley Cup contenders, or will they backtrack into showing they are pretenders? Only time will tell.

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