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Western Conference Notebook

Wednesday, 02.20.2008 / 6:58 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Western Conference Notebook
February 20, 2008

Western Conference Notebook

The top of the Conference standings are starting to take shape. Entering the final quarter of the regular season, each of the three division leaders has at least a five-point cushion on the second place team … The bottom of the playoff picture is still extremely tight with three points separating the teams ranked 7th – 11th … The Western Conference features eight of the top 10 skaters in plus/minus rating this season, including league-leader Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit.


Central Division

Entering play on Feb. 20, all five teams in the division sport a record of .500 or better, the only division in the conference to make that claim … Detroit and Nashville are the only two teams in the NHL to record at least 20 home wins this season. Detroit leads the league with 21 home wins, while Nashville's 20 home wins are the second-most this season … St. Louis is 18-10-5 at home this season, matching their home win total from 2006-07. The Blues have 41 home points this season, already one better than the 40 they earned last season … Chicago is 13-13-5 on the road this season, just one road win shy of their entire total from last season … Nearly half of the Blackhawks wins this season have come against Central Division foes. Chicago is 13-8-1 inside the division, but is just 14-18-5 outside of the division … St. Louis and Columbus have 9 overtime points, tied for the most in the NHL this season.

Northwest Division
The Minnesota Wild have gone 4-1-1 in their last six games to open up a five point lead in the division with 22 games remaining … Vancouver and Colorado have earned just 20 points since Jan. 1, tied for the second lowest total in the conference … Edmonton scored the 8,000th goal in franchise history with Denis Grebeshkov's second period goal during its 5-4 loss at Nashville on Feb. 19 … The Oilers have 12 road wins this season, just one shy of their total from last season … The Flames, tied for seventh place in the conference, have allowed 175 goals this season, the most of any team currently occupying playoff seed in the Western Conference.

Pacific Division
Dallas is the hottest team in the NHL over the past 10 games, posting a 9-1-0 mark to open a six point lead in the division with 19 games remaining … Third place San Jose trails Dallas by nine points, but has played four fewer games … Dallas and Phoenix both have 18 road wins this season, tied for second in the NHL, trailing only the 21 road wins earned by Detroit … Phoenix has already matched it win total from last season (31). The Coyotes need just one more point to match last season's total … Los Angeles has 3 overtime points this season, the fewest in the NHL. Last season the Kings led the conference with 14 overtime points.

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
8 ANA 49 24 18 7 106 113 55
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 51 24 21 6 136 156 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 49 22 24 3 129 145 47
13 WPG 50 22 25 3 129 143 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36