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Western Conference Notebook (Feb. 9)

Wednesday, 02.9.2011 / 4:18 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Western Conference Notebook (Feb. 9)
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With just two-and-a half weeks until the NHL's Trade Deadline, the Western Conference remains tight from top-to-bottom. Only nine points seperate third through 14th seed in the conference -- and just four points difference between fifth through 10th.

Interestingly, two of the top-eight playoff seeds in the Conference have won less than 50% of their games this season (Calgary-27wins, 55 games played; Phoenix -27wins, 55 games played), while three teams not currently in playoff seeds have won more than 50% of their games this season (Chicago-27wins, 53 games; Los Angeles-29wins; 53 games; Minnesota-27wins; 52 games).

NHL.com has been looking team-by-team at who will or won't be a buyer come Deadline Day. We'll recap their findings below.


Central Division
NHL.com views one Central Division team as a buyer, two teams as standing pat, and two teams as sellers. Nashville is the lone "buyer" according to NHL.com, "There are plenty of prospects and picks at GM David Poile's disposal -- the question will be how much, if any, salary can he add in a deal. He'll be looking to do something." Detroit and Chicago were rated as "standing pat" primarily for lack of cap space. Columbus and St. Louis drew "sellers" status. Click here for the full recap.


Northwest Division
NHL.com views three Northwest Division teams as buyers, one team as standing pat, and one team as a seller. Calgary, Colorado, and Vancouver are all rated as "buyers" by NHL.com. Minnesota is rated as a team likely to stand pat, while Edmonton is viewed as a seller come deadline time. About conference leading Vancouver, NHL.com said, "Vancouver could possibly use one more bottom-six forward, but if top prospect Cody Hodgson sticks with the team that might be less of an issue." Click here for the full recap


Pacific Division
NHL.com has not compiled a Deadline Day view of the Pacific Division, but four of the five teams in the Division were in a playoff seed entering tonight's games; the fifth team stood just one point out of eigth place. None of the five teams appear to be in seller mode and depending on cap room, all five will likely explore "buyer" options. Anaheim completed a trade earlier today -- acquiring defenseman Francois Beauchemin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Joffrey Lupul, defenseman prospect Jake Gardiner, and a draft pick.

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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