Western Conference Playoff Update: Saturday’s Action

Sunday, 04.22.2012 / 12:08 AM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Western Conference Playoff Update: Saturday\u2019s Action
Since the Preds wrapped up their series on Friday night, the focus shifts to Round 2 and possible opponents. There were Western Conference games on Saturday --- both potential elimination games.

The St. Louis Blues closed out its series with a 3-1 home win over the San Jose Sharks, claiming a 4 games to 1 series victory. In the late night game, the Chicago Blackhawks rallied from a 1-0 deficit to pick up a 2-1 overtime win and stave off elimination. The Coyotes still lead the best-of-seven series 3 games to 2, though, with Game 6 set for Monday night in Chicago. If the Hawks win on Monday night, they would force a Game 7 in Phoenix on Wednesday night (April 25).

In the other Western Conference series, Los Angeles holds a 3 games to 1 lead over Vancouver heading into Sunday night’s Game 5 in Vancouver. If necessary Game 6 would be held Tuesday night (April 24) in LA and potentially Game 7 on Thursday (April 26) back in Vancouver.

After today’s action there is still four potential Round 2 opponents for the Preds --- No. 1 seed Vancouver, No. 2 seed St. Louis, No. 3 seed Phoenix, or No. 6 seed Chicago. Check below for the potential outcomes and what they mean for Nashville.


 -- If the current series leaders hold on --- Phoenix and Los Angeles both win --- Nashville would end up playing the Phoenix Coyotes in Round 2, opening the series in Phoenix … with St. Louis hosting LA in the other Western Conference series.

 -- If Vancouver and Chicago both come from behind to win their respective series --- Nashville would end up playing Central Division rival St. Louis Blues in Round 2, opening the series in St. Louis … with Vancouver hosting Chicago in the other Western Conference series.

 -- If the higher seeds advance --- Vancouver and Phoenix both win --- Nashville would end up with a rematch series against the Vancouver Canucks in Round 2, opening the series in Vancouver … with St. Louis hosting Phoenix in the other Western Conference series.

 -- If the lower seeds pull off the series upsets --- Chicago and Los Angeles both win --- Nashville would end up playing Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks in Round 2, opening the series in Nashville … with St. Louis hosting Los Angeles in the other Western Conference series.

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  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

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
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C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33