With the Nashville Predators down to their last nine games of the regular season and a playoff berth in sight players know they can't afford to look too far ahead.
The Predators sit fourth in the Western Conference, but have the Detroit Red Wings right behind them desperately looking to catch the Predators and home ice advantage.
Nashville has played well of late, but know these last few games hold significant importance. A March 30th game against the Red Wings could prove to be key.
"Home ice is our main goal right now," said Mike Fisher. "We are closing in on Detroit and home ice would be huge because if we have to play them we all know how good they are at home. Regardless of who we play it's always an advantage to have home ice and we know it's going to be a tough first round."
With some significant additions at the trade deadline the Predators sent notice that they are looking to make some noise in the playoffs.
In addition to the trade deadline acquisitions of Paul Gaustad, Andrei Kostitsyn and Hal Gill the Predators are awaiting the arrival of Alexander Radulov from the KHL. The new players have fit in so far, but the Predators want to ensure they're at their best.
"We have some new guys that need to get comfortable with our team and adjusted and ultimately we want to finish first which is possible," said Fisher.
Last season the Predators advanced to the second round for the first time in franchise history and this year the team has set its sights even higher.
That being said the Predators are doing their best to take things one game at a time.
"I think the most important thing is that we play our best hockey heading in to the playoffs," added Fisher.
The playoff race in the Western Conference is extremely tight and the standings tend to change on a nightly basis.
"I think we are all watching a little closer and seeing who wins and loses each night," said Fisher. "I think now our focus is really about us and winning, but it's still fun to talk about it and guess who you could play in the first round."