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 - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61