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Playoff Hunt: This Week's Key Games

Monday, 03.7.2011 / 11:33 AM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Playoff Hunt: This Week\'s Key Games
Only five weeks left in the '10-11 regular season and the Western Conference playoff picture is still packed with possibilities. Check out NashvillePredators.com's sneak peak at this week's match-ups of immediate concern to the Preds and the Western Conference playoff race.

We're tracking all teams within five points of the Preds in the conference standings heading into this Monday's play.

Seed* Team Points* Adjusted Wins^ Games Remaining* Mid-Week Schedule
#4 Chicago 80 32 16 (6H/10A) Tue at FLA, Wed at TBL
#5 Calgary 79 28 14 (6H/8A) Wed at DAL, Thu at PHX
#6 Phoenix 78 31 15 (9H/6A) Tue vs. VAN, Thu vs CGY
#7 Dallas 77 30 17 (9H/8A) Mon at LA, Wed vs CGY, Fri vs MIN
#8 Los Angeles 76 29 17 (9H/8A) Mon vs. DAL, Wed at DET, Fri at CBJ
#9 Minnesota 75 32 16 (8H/8A) Tue vs. COL, Thu at NSH, Fri at DAL
#10 Anaheim 75 31 16 (8H/8A) Wed vs NYR, Fri at COL
#11 Nashville 75 27 16 (12H/4A) Tue at SJ, Thu vs MIN
* as of all games played on Sunday, March 6     ^ the first tie-breaker is regulation/OT wins (excluding shootout wins)

Head-to-Head: There are five head-to-head match-ups involoving the eight-team pack in the Western Conference. Dallas plays in three of those five games (Monday at LA, Wednesday vs. Calgary, Friday vs. Minnesota), while Calgary (Wednesday-Thursday back-to-back) and Minnesota (Thursday-Friday back-to-back) each plays in two. The five games include: Dallas at Los Angeles on Monday, Calgary at Dallas on Wednesday, Calgary at Phoenix on Thursday, Minnesota at Nashville on Thursday, Minnesota at Dallas on Friday


Last Weekend:
Calgary (2-0-0 wiht two home wins) and Chicago (swept back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday) had good weekends ... Dallas had a strong showing, earning three points in road games at Anaheim and at San Jose ... Rough weekend for the bottom of the Conference as Columbus, St. Louis, and Colorado each lost its lone game of the weekend, dropping further behind the pack.


Against the East: Western Conference teams have dominated the inter-conference battle against the East again this season, posting a 131-75-32 record in out-of-conference games (294 to 246 point advantage). Significant to note, though, of the eight teams entering this weekend within five points of the playoff cut line in the West, three have already wrapped up their slate of games against the East (Calgary, Los Angeles, and Phoenix), while Anaheim and Dallas have just one more game against Eastern Conference teams. Nashville and Minnesota both have three more games against the East and Chicago has a whopping seven more games versus the East. Columbus -- currently sitting seven points out of eighth place in the Western Conference -- has six inter-conference match-ups remaining.
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36