WHERE THEY'LL FINISH
Riding an explosive offense, great goaltending and an emerging defense, the Nashville Predators will end the Detroit Red Wings' reign atop the Central Division and finish with the top seed in the Western Conference.
BUZZ FACTORStock even. Last spring, the Preds made the unfortunate decision to threaten to black out home playoff games in the first round unless the games were sellouts. The move backfired. That kind of publicity may be far more debilitating than a Vokoun injury.