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Predators scoreboard watch: Can the Flames rise up to put heat on the Avs?

The Western Conference standings are going to shuffle around quite a bit between the #5-8 spots over the final days of the regular season, and tonight's schedule features two games in particular that could affect the bottom end of that range:

Anaheim @ Colorado: Besides their 4-point cushion which keeps them in 8th place, the Avalanche also have a game in hand on their pursuers. But games against division leaders San Jose, Chicago and Vancouver remain, so they'd prefer to bank some points against the Ducks, who are merely playing out the string at this point. Colorado is also just 5 points behind Nashville with 3 games in hand, so Predators fans will be pulling for Anaheim tonight.

Calgary @ Phoenix: If the Flames hope to make any sort of last-ditch effort to reach the playoffs, they need a win on the road tonight against the surprisingly tough Coyotes. Phoenix is playing very well these days, however, and hasn't given up hope of catching San Jose in the Pacific Division.