Can Nashville Predators upset Avalanche in NHL playoffs?

There was the half-blind life insurance salesman turned NHL goalie in Dallas, wearing a Stars decal on his mask while playing for the Anaheim Ducks.

There was a 4-0 Nashville Predators lead that turned into a 5-4 Nashville Predators loss more than 1,000 miles away, against the Arizona Coyotes, one of the worst teams in the league.

The last night of the regular season Friday brought with it twists and turns that saw the Predators settle for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, meaning their destiny is a first-round series with top-seeded Colorado.

That matchup begins Tuesday in Denver.

In order for that to happen, the Dallas Stars had to win in regulation, which they did when they scored on emergency backup goalie Thomas Hodges, who lost sight in his left eye when he was hit by a puck at 12 years old. Then the Predators had to lose in regulation, which they did after blowing the four-goal lead.

Oh, and all of that was after the Predators scored the fastest three goals to start a game in franchise history.

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As for the Predators’ chances against the Colorado Avalanche, well, at a glance they do not look so good. In fact, Flames Darryl Sutter predicted a first-round knockout.

Sutter, whose words know no mincing, said as much when he shared his prognostication for whichever wild-card team – the Nashville Predators or Dallas Stars – was going to face the Avalanche.

“If you are a wild-card team, I sure as hell do not want to play Colorado in the first round, because it’s going to be a waste of eight days,” Sutter said.

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