After completely falling apart in San Jose, the Nashville Predators have rebounded in a huge way behind some incredible performances from Pekka Rinne. They've reeled off three straight wins, and are six points up on 9th place Calgary.
Before we get to the power rankings, lets take a quick look at the standings. The Predators got all eight points I laid out for them, and have already gotten a head start on the 2nd 7-game stretch by winning the first two games. In James Mirtle's updated playoff push, the Predators need to go 5-6-1 to get to 94 points, something that seems quite doable. Finally, Sports Club Stats has the Predators with a 90.4% chance of making the playoffs, with 7-4-1 being the record that guarantees a spot.
After the jump, the Preds average out at 12th in the mainstream media's power rankings.
Pierre LeBrun moves the Preds up three spots to tenth. [ESPN]
Followed up the meltdown in San Jose with impressive wins in Anaheim and Los Angeles..
Ryan Dixon has Nashville in 11th, up one. [THN]
Picked up three big wins in a four-game trip away from home.
They've moved up, but still head-scratchingly trail teams like Montreal. Up seven to 16th. [TSN]
Won three of four on their road trip, with rookie C Colin Wilson starting to become a factor offensively, and return home for six of the next seven as they try to solidify their playoff positioning.
Allan Muir pushes the Preds up one spot to 13th. [SI]
Toss out one really bad period against the Sharks and they have to be pleased with the sort of gritty, defensive-minded play that characterized their three-game swing through California. They'll need more as they head back to Bridgestone Arena for six of their next seven with a playoff spot dangling loosely in their grasp.
Wes Goldstein has Nashville in 9th, up nine. [Sportsline]
They're tough when things are tight. Nashville has won a league-high 34 times in games decided by two goals or less.