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
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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
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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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
 
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