Western Conference Playoff Update: Sunday’s Action

Sunday, 04.22.2012 / 10:23 PM CT / Nashville Predators Playoffs Coverage
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Western Conference Playoff Update: Sunday\u2019s Action
Sunday's Stanley Cup Playoff Schedule saw only one Western Conference game, but that game brought a good deal of clarity to the Preds Round 2 playoff opponent.

The Los Angeles Kings overcame a 1-0 third period deficit for a 2-1 overtime win at Vancouver to close out the Western Conference Quarterfinals series 4 games to 1. The win made the Kings the third Western Conference team to advance to Round 2. Los Angeles will face St. Louis in the Conference Semifinals.

The Preds will face the winner of the Phoenix/Chicago Series. The Coyotes lead the Hawks 3 games to 2 with Game 6 scheduled for tomorrow night (Monday, April 23) in Chicago. If necessary, Game 7 will be held Wednesday (April 25) in Phoenix.

The two potential options for Nashville in Round 2 are...
 -- If No. 3 seed Phoenix wins --- Nashville will open Round 2 in Phoenix. The Preds went 2-2-0 against the Coyotes during the regular season with one win in a shootout. The road team won all four games, each team winning a one-goal game and a three-goal game.

 -- If No. 6 seed Chicago wins --- Nashville will open Round 2 at home against Chicago. The Preds went 4-1-1 against the Hawks during the regular season with just one overtime game (a Chicago OT win). The Preds won two-of-three meetings in Nashville, as well as two-of-three meetings in Chicago. Three of Nashville's six games in the regular season series were back end of back-to-back sets for the Preds, while one of the six games in the season series was a back end of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. 

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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STANDINGS
 

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