Western Conference Notebook (Dec. 1)

Wednesday, 12.01.2010 / 10:43 AM / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
As the first quarter of the season passes, the balance in the Western Conference continues to be impressive. Usually the standings at Thanksgiving is a good indicator of how the conference will play out, but entering December only one Western Conference team has more than 30 points, and 11 teams have between 25-30 points.

All-Star Game Voting Update:
Sidney Crosby (PIT), Steven Stamkos (TBL), Jonathan Toews (CHI) hold down the top three spots in the voting at forward, followed by Alexander Ovechkin (WSH), Patrick Kane (CHI), and Michael Cammalleri (MTL). As of Wednesday morning, there was a gap of almost 19,000 votes between Toews (Forward #3 slot) and Ovechkin (Forward #4 slot) ... Duncan Keith (CHI) and Chris Pronger (PHI) hold down the top two sports in the voting at defense, followed by Nicklas Lidstrom (DET) and Kris Letang (PIT). As of Wednesday morning, there was a gap of just under 3,000 votes between Pronger (Defenseman #2) and Lidstrom (Defenseman #3) ... Carey Price (MTL) leads the voting among goalies by almost 30,000 votes over Sergei Bobrovsky (PHI), the next highest vote getter at the position ... Shea Weber is the Preds player with the most All-Star Game votes, a little over 37,000 votes as of Wednesday morning.


Central Division
Dan Cleary (Detroit) and Rick Nash (Columbus) led all Western Conference skaters with 10 goals during the month of November. Cleary did most of his damage at home with 7 goals in seven games at Joe Louis Arena in November, while Nash did most of his work on the road with 6 goals in six road contests during the month ... Columbus netminder Mathieu Garon led the NHL with a 1.20 goals against average in November. Chicago's Corey Crawford was the next best Western Conference goaltender last month with a 1.98 goals against average ... The division will play in five inter-Conference match-ups this week: Washington at St. Louis on Wednesday; Columbus at Buffalo on Friday; Pittsburgh at Columbus and Carolina at Nashville on Saturday; Nashville at Atlanta on Monday ... There is only one intra-divisional game on the schedule this week: Nashville at Columbus on Wednesday night.


Northwest Division
Edmonton's Jordan Eberle leads all Conference rookies with 15 points this season, but Colorado's Kevin Shattenkirk led all Conference rookies with 11 points during the month of November ... Calgary leads the Western Conference with four shorthanded goals this season ... Edmonton is the only team in the Conference without an overtime or shootout win in 2010-11 ... Colorado leads the division despite a 2-4-1 mark against fellow Northwest opponents, however the Avalanche are 8-3-1 against teams from the other two Western Conference divisions ... Entering this week's games, the Northwest Divison was home to the bottom three teams in the Conference standings ... The division will play in four inter-Conference match-ups this week: Edmonton at Montreal on Wednesday; Edmonton at Toronto on Thursday; Colorado at Carolina on Friday; Colorado at Tampa Bay on Saturday ... There are two intra-divisional games on the schedule this week: Vancouver at Calgary on Wednesday and Calgary at Minnesota on Friday.


Pacific Division
The LA Kings have killed off all 38 opponent power-plays at home this season, the only team in the NHL still perfect on the PK at home. Vancouver is second in the NHL, having allowed just four opponent power-play goals on home ice this season ... San Jose leads the conference with 23 power-play goals scored this season. The Sharks have scored 15 power-play goals at home, most in the NHL ... Phoenix posted a 7-game unbeaten streak from November 10-23, tied for the longest unbeaten streak in the NHL this season (Pittsburgh and St. Louis also posted 7-game streaks this year) ... The division will play six inter-Conference games this week: Florida at Anaheim on Wednesday; San Jose at Ottawa, Washington at Dallas, and Florida at Los Angeles on Thursday; San Jose at Montreal and Florida at Phoenix on Saturday ... There is only one intra-divisional game on this week's slate: Phoenix at Anaheim on Sunday.
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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