The Predators couldn't quite get a handle or reasoning for their recent West Coast dominance. Nashville's next set of games, in order, will be at Anaheim, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Jose.

"I don't know," goaltender Pekka Rinne said with a shrug. "We're always pretty focused on western games and hopefully we can keep that going."

Focused would be a good word to describe how the Predators play when they head out to the Western part of the United States. Since November 2010, Nashville hasn't left a West Coast swing with a losing record. That includes games with any combination of San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles or Phoenix.

Since 2010, the Predators have held a 9-5-2 regular-season road advantage against those four teams.

"It's a long way from home, but we enjoy the challenge," defenseman Shea Weber said. "We play some tough teams out there and it's going to be a good challenge again his year."