I tried to calculate what needs to happen around the NHL for the Preds to get either the 5th seed. There might be a few errors, so let me know in the comments if you find one.
The Predators get the 5th overall position in the Western Conference if:
- Preds defeat both PHX and STL
- Kings lose to either ANA, PHX, EDM, or COL in overtime or regulation
- Preds defeat either PHX or STL
- Kings gain 5 or less points in 3 remaining games (ANA, PHX, EDM, COL)
- Red Wings lose to either CBJ (2x) or CHI in regulation