The Nashville Predators became the first team in the league to secure their spot in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Friday night with a 4-2 victory over the Avalanche. Nashville has now made the playoffs four straight seasons and 11 times in the franchise’s 19 year-history.
Nashville got out to a 1-0 lead late in the first with a goal from Colton Sissons but the Avalanche quickly answered, leaving things tied at one at the end of the first. Colorado later took a 2-1 lead early in the second. Filip Forsberg tied things up with his 19th goal of the season and a little over seven minutes later, Sissons found the back of the net for the second time, giving the Predators a 3-2 lead. Forsberg sealed the victory for the Predators with an empty net goal, his second goal of the night.
The Predators now sit atop the league with 104 points, four points up on the the Tampa Bay Lightning for the President’s Trophy race and are currently riding a 14 game point streak.
Falling two wins shy of the Stanley Cup last season, the Predators are once again ready to make a deep playoff run.