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Western Conference Notebook

Wednesday, 03.12.2008 / 2:30 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Western Conference Notebook
Western Conference Notebook
Parity has been the word of the season in the NHL. At the top of the standings, last season 11 teams broke the 100-point barrier, this season just six teams are on pace for 100-point seasons. At the other end of the standings, the bottom five teams in the league last season posted a combined 332 points. Heading in to play Tuesday night, the bottom five teams this season have already posted a combined 330 points with three-and-a half weeks still remaining in the schedule … There are six inter-conference matchups over the next week with Western Conference playoff implications:
March 12: Calgary at Washington, Chicago at Carolina
March 13: Calgary at Atlanta, New Jersey at Minnesota
March 15: New Jersey at Colorado
March 18: Washington at Nashville


Central Division
Detroit, Nashville, and Chicago rank No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in the Conference in goals scored … Thursday (Mar. 13) Detroit plays its final game outside of the division for the regular season. The Red Wings finish the season with 11 consecutive games against Central Division foes. Detroit is currently 10-9-2 inside the division and 36-9-4 outside the division … Chicago's Patrick Kane leads all NHL rookies with 59 points. Kane and teammate Jonathan Toews ranks No. 3 and No. 2, respectively, among rookies in goals … The division features five goaltenders ranked among the league's top-15 in goals against average with Domink Hasek and Chris Osgood of Detroit sitting No. 1 and No. 2, Pascal Leclaire (Columbus) at No. 6, Manny Legace (St. Louis) at No. 13, and Dan Ellis at No. 14.

Northwest Division
The top four teams in the division are separated by two points … All four, Calgary, Minnesota, Vancouver, and Colorado, currently sit in playoff seeds … Those four teams each plays seven remaining games against the other three, with only one of those match-ups coming in this segment (Colorado at Minnesota on Mar. 17) … Colorado has the best intra-divisional record at 14-7-1, followed by Vancouver at 12-6-5, Calgary at 11-8-4, Minnesota at 11-9-3, and Edmonton at 9-12-2 … Calgary has four road games this segment, including a back-to-back set at Washington and at Atlanta on March 12-13 … Vancouver also has a back-to-back road set on March 12-13 at Anaheim and at Phoenix … Minnesota is home for all three of its games this segment … The Wild have allowed three more goals than they have scored the season, the only team in a Western Conference playoff seed with a negative goals differential.

Pacific Division
The top three teams in the division, San Jose, Dallas, and Anaheim, each rank among the NHL's top-five in points this season … The Sharks enter the segment with a 10-game winning streak dating back to Feb. 21 … Dallas and Los Angeles rank No. 2 and No. 5, respectively, in the Conference in goals scored … San Jose leads the NHL with 25 road victories this season … Phoenix's Peter Mueller leads all NHL rookies with 21 goals … Since Jan. 1, LA's Alexander Frolov has scored 17 goals, tied with San Jose's Jonathan Cheechoo for the most in the Conference since that time.
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
C. Wilson 64 6 18 -1 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33