Fare thee well, Nashville Predators.
They were eliminated from playoff contention with their loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night, marking just the second time since 2004 that the Predators failed to make the postseason cut. They’ve advanced to the conference semifinals in each of the last two seasons.
The Minnesota Wild, meanwhile, jumped over the St. Louis Blues into sixth place, two points in back of the San Jose Sharks for the fifth seed.
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If the Jackets are to make the playoffs, they likely can lose only once more in regulation. Games at Western Conference heavies Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose loom, as does a trip to playoff-chasing Dallas.
A regulation loss tonight would have been spleen-rattling body blow, one the spoiler Avs almost landed. But the Blue Jackets dodged, thanks to late-game goals by R.J. Umberger (clutch) and Nick Foligno (double clutch), and took two points with a 4-3 overtime win.
“There have been some big goals and big games that I’ve been involved in,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “But you’re always living in the moment. And for right now, in our moment, those were two big goals. Big, big goals.”