NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jordin Tootoo and Sergei Kostitsyn each had two goals and an assist, and the Nashville Predators moved closer to clinching a playoff berth by beating the Atlanta Thrashers 6-3 Tuesday night.
The Predators jumped to fourth in the West with 97 points, and they need only one more point in their final two games or a Dallas loss to clinch their sixth playoff berth in the past seven seasons.
Matt Halischuk had a goal and an assist, Mike Fisher added a power-play goal and Patric Hornqvist had three assists for Nashville. The Predators finished off their 23rd win on home ice this season, making them the only NHL team to win that many each of the past six seasons.
Blake Wheeler scored twice in the third, and Nik Antropov also added a goal to pull the Thrashers within 6-3 at 17:10.