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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)
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 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