Playoff Hunt: The Week Ahead In the West

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 6:08 AM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Playoff Hunt: The Week Ahead In the West
We've entered the final 15 games of the season for all teams in the Western Conference playoff race and four points seperates fourth place -- and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs -- from 10th place -- and out of the playoffs. The races for the final playoff slots seem destined to remain tight through end of the '10-11 regular season.

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

Team Points* Adjusted Wins^ Games Remaining* Max Pts** This Week's Schedule
#4 Los Angeles 83 32 13 (8H/5A) 109 Tue at NSH, Thu vs. STL
#5 Phoenix 83 32 12 (7H/5A) 107 Tue at CGY, Thu at EDM, Fri at VAN
#6 Dallas 82 32 13 (6H/7A) 108 Tue vs. SJ, Thu vs. CHI
#7 Chicago 82 32 13 (6H/7A) 108 Mon vs. SJ, Thu at DAL
#8 Calgary 81 29 11 (5H/6A) 103 Tue vs. PHX, Thu vs. COL
#9 Nashville 80 29 13 (101H/3A) 106 Tue vs. LA, Thu vs. BOS
#10 Anaheim 79 33 13 (6H/7A) 105 Wed vs. STL
#11 Minnesota 77 33 13 (7H/6A) 103 Mon at VAN, Thu at SJ
* as of all games played on Sun, March 13     ^ the first tie-breaker is regulation/OT wins (excluding shootout wins)
** the most points a team can finish with in the '10-11 regular season (based on games played as of Sun, March 13)

Noteable: Pay attention on Tuesday and Thursday this week -- 7 of the 8 teams along the Conference playoff bubble are in action Thursday (the lone exception is Anaheim which plays on Wednesday) and 5 of the 8 are in action on Tuesday ... There is just one out-of-conference match-ups in this week's mix with Nashville hosting Boston on Thursday ... There are three head-to-head match-ups involving teams in the playoff pack: Los Angeles at Nashville on Tuesday, Phoenix at Calgary on Tuesday, and Chicago at Dallas on Thursday ... Two teams in the watch will participate in back-to-back contests during the mid-week: Chicago closes out a back-to-back set on Monday night (home for San Jose after playing at Washington on Sunday);  Phoenix plays at Edmonton on Thursday and at Vancouver on Friday.

The Week That Was: The last week turned out to be a solid one for the Preds; at 2-0-1 on the week, of the non-division leaders in the Conference playoff bunch, only Los Angeles (3-0-1) had a more productive week. Phoenix also went 2-0-1. Dallas earned five points on the week, but did so in one more game (2-1-1), burning the game at hand it had on the Preds. Anaheim posted a 2-2-0, while Calgary (1-2-0), Chicago (0-1-2), and Minnesota (1-2-0) each earned just two points on the week.

Looking For Help From the Top: Western Conference division leaders play five games against teams in the playoff pack during the mid-week. San Jose opens the week with a back-to-back at Chicago (Monday) and at Dallas (Tuesday), before hosting Minnesota (Thursday). Vancouver hosts Minnesota (Monday) and Phoenix (Friday). is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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