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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61