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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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00