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Western Conference Notebook (Dec. 8)

Monday, 12.8.2008 / 12:48 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Western Conference Notebook (Dec. 8)
Entering this week, 100 of the NHL’s first 396 games this season went into overtime, a pace for 310 overtime games over the full season, with every team in the NHL picking up at least one overtime point. By comparison, the last season the league saw 272 overtime games with 281 overtime games in both 2006-07 and 2005-06 … If the overtime pace continues, it would represent an increase in 38 points awarded in the standings this season … There were 11 overtime games last week, with six being decided in the OT session and five in a shootout. Of the overtime decisions, road teams went 5-1, while home teams countered with a 4-1 mark in the shootout decisions … Entering this week only three teams in the NHL have scored at least 90 goals on the season, all residing in the Western Conference, led by San Jose at 102, Detroit at 95, and Chicago at 90.

Central Division
Central Division teams have combined to post a 30-28-9 record on the road this season. Detroit is tied for the NHL lead with 10 road wins this season, while Nashville also ranks in the top-10 in road wins with 7 … Detroit and Nashville rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the NHL in face-off percentage this season …Detroit (No. 1), St. Louis (No. 3), and Chicago (No. 7) all rank among the NHL leaders in power-play percentage … Detroit (No. 3), Columbus (No. 6), and Nashville (No. 10) are among the league leaders in fewest shots allowed per game … Central Division teams will play two games against Eastern Conference opponents this week: Ottawa at Chicago on Wednesday and NY Islanders at Columbus on Saturday … There are three intra-divisional games on the schedule this week: Nashville at St. Louis on Monday, Nashville at Columbus on Thursday, and Columbus at Chicago on Sunday.

Northwest Division
Just six points separates first place from last place in the Northwest Division, the smallest margin of any division in the NHL this season … Entering this week’s play, all five teams in the division have a record at or above .500 … The Northwest Division has four games this week against Eastern Conference opponents: Calgary at Montreal on Tuesday, Florida at Edmonton on Thursday, Florida at Calgary on Friday, and Florida at Vancouver on Sunday … Northwest Division teams have combined to go 21-7-3 against Eastern Conference teams, but just 30-30-1 against Western Conference teams from the Central and Pacific Divisions … There is one intra-divisional game on the schedule this week: Vancouver at Edmonton on Saturday.

Pacific Division
San Jose remains the only team in the NHL with out a regulation loss at home this season (14-0-2) … Entering this week, San Jose and Anaheim are the only two teams in the division with a record above .500 … Los Angeles and San Jose rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the NHL in fewest shots allowed per game … San Jose’s 36 first period goals scored are the highest scoring single period in the NHL this season … Pacific Division teams do not have any games scheduled against Eastern Conference opponents this week … There are two intra-divisional games on the schedule for this week: Phoenix at Dallas on Wednesday and Anaheim at San Jose on Thursday.


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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

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00