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Iginla carries the Preds into post-season

Jarome IginlaThe Predators made it to post-season when its rivals failed to win their last game, mostly carried by Iginla's strong shoulders throughout the second half of the season. Iginla registered an impressive 58 goals and 48 assists, being on the scoresheet for close to 45% of the team's goals.
The Predators turned their season around at mid-season, which coincided with the return of pending UFA Mattias Ohlund. The team had been playing for about .400 during the first part of the season and the playoffs were then a long way to go. However, the team regrouped around the core of Iginla, Sharp, Ohlund and Leclaire to start winning games regularly. By the end of the season, when it appeared the team would fall just short of the playoffs, the Predators were playing much better hockey and competing with the top teams. Nashville ended up winning six of its last ten games and putting up a tie to end with 85 points and a shoe in the playoffs.

The Predators will now face the Sharks, the top seed in the west. This year, Nashville has played well against the Sharks, ending with a 3-1 record. Still, with the playoffs being a tighter game, the Predators still feel like they are underdogs in this series and they will have to outwork their opponents if they want to win the serie.