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Predators clinch back-to-back Central Division titles

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The Nashville Predators clinched first place in the Central Division for the second straight season Saturday after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Preds will now face the Stars in Round 1 following Dallas' victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Scoring could be tough in the Stars-Predators series. Both teams rank in the bottom half of the league offensively and are also two of the stingiest defensive clubs.

Nashville's win guarantees a first-round matchup between the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues, though the location of Game 1 is yet to be determined.

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