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2012 Western Conference Playoff Tracker

Wednesday, 04.4.2012 / 10:46 PM CT / News
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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2012 Western Conference Playoff Tracker
as of games played on Wednesday, April 5

With three more nights of games remaining on the schedule, the Western Conference remains separated into three very distinct races:
 - St. Louis and Vancouver are battling for the No. 1 seed in the Conference.
 - Chicago, Detroit, and Nashville are in a three-team battle for the No. 4, No. 5, or No. 6 seeds.
 - Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose are in a four-team battle for the Pacific Divsion title (and No. 3) and then are joined by Colorado in a five-team battle for the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds.


Playoff Participants: Vancouver, St. Louis, Detroit, Nashville, Chicago
Still In the Hunt: Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose, Phoenix, Colorado
Eliminated From Playoff Contention: Anaheim, Calgary, Columbus, Edmonton, Minnesota


Schedule Comparison
Chicago - 2 games remaining
    home record: 27-8-6 (0 remaining)
    road record: 17-18-4 (2 remaining)
          opponent home record: 50-22-6 (.679) 
Detroit - 2 games remaining
    home record: 31-6-2 (2 remaining)
         
opponent road record: 40-33-6 (.544)
    road record: 17-21-3 (0 remaining)

Nashville - 2 games remaining
    home record: 25-10-5 (1 remaining)
         
opponent road record: 20-18-2 (.525)
    road record: 21-16-3 (1 remaining)
          opponent home record: 22-15-2 (.590) 
What's At Stake On Thursday For The Preds:
Three games on Thursday holds a direct impact on Nashville's playoff seeding -- Nashville's regular season home finale vs. Dallas, Detroit's home game vs. New Jersey, and Chicago's game at Minnesota. The Preds enter the night with a one point behind the Wings in the race for the No. 4 seed (and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs) and two points ahead of No. 6 seed Chicago.


What to Watch This Week:
There are five more games on the schedule this week that will impact Nashville's seed in the Western Conference playoffs; the Preds play two more games on the week, the Wings have oe mid-week game, Chicago has one mid-week game, and the Hawks visit the Wings over the weekend. All three are in action on Thursday (Nashville vs. Dallas, Detroit vs. New Jersey, Chicago at Minnesota), all three are off on Friday, and then all three close out the regular season on Saturday (Nashville at Colorado, Chicago at Detroit).


Western Conference Expanded Standings Look

Team Points ROW^ Games Remaining Max Pts**
#1 Vancouver 109 42 2 (@Cgy, EDM) 113
#2 St. Louis 107 44 2 (PHX, @Dal) 111
#3 Los Angeles 93 34 2 (SJ, @SJ) 97
#4 Detroit 101 39 2 (NJ, CHI) 105
#5 Nashville 100 41 2 (DAL, @Col) 104
#6 Chicago 98 38 2 (@Min, @Det) 102
#7 Phoenix 93 34 2 (@StL, @Min) 97
#8 San Jose 92 33 2 (@LA, LA) 96
#9 Dallas 89 35 2 (@Nsh, STL) 93
#10 Colorado 88 32 2 (CBJ, NSH) 92
^ the first tie-breaker is regulation/OT wins (excluding shootout wins)
** the most points a team can finish with in the '11-12 regular season

Seeding Possibilities:
No. 1 seed - VAN or STL
No. 2 seed - STL or VAN
No. 3 seed - LA, PHX, or SJ
No. 4 seed - DET, NSH, or CHI
No. 5 seed - NSH, DET, or CHI
No. 6 seed - CHI, DET, or NSH
No. 7 seed - PHX, LA, SJ, DAL, or COL
No. 8 seed - SJ, PHX, LA, DAL, or COL

Games of Note:
Upcoming
Thursday
Dallas at Nashville
New Jersey at Detroit
Chicago at Minnesota
Columbus at Colorado
Vancouver at Calgary
San Jose at Los Angeles

Friday
Phoenix at St. Louis

Saturday
Nashville at Colorado
Chicago at Detroit
Phoenix at Minnesota
St. Louis at Dallas
Edmonton at Vancouver
Los Angeles at San Jose
Completed
Wednesday
Detroit d. St. Louis, 3-2 SO

Tuesday
Nashville d. Minnesota, 2-1 SO
San Jose d. Dallas, 5-2
Vancouver d. Anaheim, 5-4 SO
Phoenix d. Columbus, 2-0

Monday
Los Angeles d. Edmonton, 2-0

Sunday
Detroit d. Florida, 2-1 SO
Minnesota d. Chicago, 5-4 SO




Tie Breakers

If teams finish the season with the same number of points, the following procedure is used to determine seeding:
1. The greater number of games won, excluding games won in the Shootout. This figure is reflected in the ROW column.
2. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.
3. The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.


Nashville's Tie-Breakers vs Chicago and Detroit
vs. No. 5 Detroit - NSH leads; NSH leads ROW 41-39 (+2, DET has 2 games remaining), Season series tied 6pts-to-6pts, DET leads goal differential +47 to +20
vs. No. 6 Chicago - NSH won; NSH won ROW 41-38 (+3, CHI has 2 games 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 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 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 55 11 29 -2 40
F. Forsberg 55 18 18 -7 36
S. Weber 55 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 55 6 28 3 34
J. Neal 55 20 13 18 33
M. Ekholm 55 6 19 3 25
R. Ellis 54 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 55 11 7 -1 18
C. Jarnkrok 54 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 38 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 8 .902 2.57
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36