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Western Conference Notebook (Nov. 24)

Monday, 11.24.2008 / 5:02 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Western Conference Notebook (Nov. 24)
San Jose, Detroit, and Vancouver lead their respective divisions heading into this week’s action … The Western Conference is 48-25-10 in games against Eastern Conference opponents and only two of the 15 conference teams have a losing record against Eastern Conference opponents (Chicago at 1-2-1 and St. Louis at 2-4-1) … Western Conference All-Star Voting Update: Top 3 Forwards –Hossa - DET (169,621), Pavel Datsyuk – DET (164,650), Zetterberg – DET (161,531) … Next: Iginla – CGY (151,241) and Kane – CHI (102,383) … Highest Preds forward: Arnott (24,350) … Top 2 Defensemen – Lidstrom – DET (248,119) and Phaneuf – CGY (199,400) … Next: Rafalski – DET (107,255) … Highest Preds defenseman: Weber (52,654) … Top Goaltender – Luongo – VAN (223,740) … Next: Osgood – DET (88,863).


Central Division
Nashville defenseman Shea Weber leads NHL defensemen in goals (10) and points (21), 3 goals ahead of the closest defenseman (Souray and Green – 7 goals) and 3 points ahead of the next closest defenseman (Boyle – 18 points) … Chicago forward Patrick Sharp is tied for the Western Conference lead in goals (12) … Detroit forward Johan Franzen leads the NHL in game-winning goals (4) … Entering this week the Central Division boasted the two highest scoring rookies in the NHL this season in Chicago’s Kris Versteeg (20 points) and Columbus’ Derick Brassard (19 points) … There are two intra-divisional games on the schedule for this week: St. Louis at Nashville on Tuesday and Columbus at Detroit on Friday.


Northwest Division
Entering this week’s games, Edmonton has played more road games than any team in the conference (14 road games vs. six home games), one more road game than Nashville (13 road games and seven home games) … Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo leads the NHL with 5 shutouts … Minnesota goaltender Nicklas Backstrom leads the Western Conference in save percentage (.932) … Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell leads the Western Conference in plus/minus rating (+14) … Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj leads the NHL with 4 shootout wins … There are two intra-divisional games scheduled for this week: Calgary at Vancouver on Thursday and Vancouver at Calgary on Saturday.


Pacific Division
Entering this week's games, Los Angeles had played more home games than any team in the conference (14 home games vs. five road games) ... Anaheim forward Ryan Getzlaf leads the Western Conference with 26 points … San Jose forward Devin Setoguchi is tied for the conference lead in goals (12) … Dallas forward Sean Avery leads the NHL in penalty minutes (77) … Los Angeles forward Dustin Brown leads the conference in shots on goal (87) … Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne leads the NHL in power-play goals (9) … San Jose goaltender Brian Boucher leads the Western Conference with a 1.89 goals against average … There are two intra-divisional games scheduled for this week: San Jose at Dallas on Friday night and San Jose at Phoenix on Saturday night.


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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 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 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