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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 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36