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Western Conference playoff picture prior to the 2010 Olympic stoppage:

 

(statistics current 11 February 2010, prior to action)

 

 

Within the Western Conference, the elite leaders (San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks) are offset by the battle for the North West Division lead between the Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche. The Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings have made immense strides to this point of the season and both teams show no signs of slowing down the stretch.

 

Western Conference

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

HOME

AWAY

L10

 

San Jose

60

39

12

9

87

200

148

19-5-7

20-7-2

7-2-1

 

Chicago

59

39

15

5

83

189

138

22-6-2

17-9-3

5-4-1

 

Colorado

59

34

19

6

74

176

154

19-8-2

15-11-4

6-4-0

 

Phoenix

61

37

19

5

79

166

153

22-8-2

15-11-3

8-2-0

 

Los Angeles

59

36

20

3

75

180

163

17-9-2

19-11-1

9-1-0

 

Vancouver

58

35

21

2

72

185

143

23-7-1

12-14-1

7-3-0

 

Nashville

59

32

22

5

69

164

165

16-11-2

16-11-3

3-5-2

 

Calgary

60

29

22

9

67

152

152

14-13-3

15-9-6

3-4-3

 

Currently out of playoffs:

 

 

Detroit

59

27

21

11

65

153

160

15-8-4

12-13-7

3-4-3

 

Anaheim

60

29

24

7

65

169

183

19-8-2

10-16-5

6-4-0

 

Dallas

59

26

21

12

64

169

185

18-6-5

8-15-7

5-4-1

 

Minnesota

59

29

26

4

62

163

173

20-7-2

9-19-2

5-4-1

 

St Louis

60

26

25

9

61

155

169

10-16-5

16-9-4

4-4-2

 

Columbus

61

25

27

9

59

159

194

15-9-5

10-18-4

6-4-0

 

Edmonton

59

18

35

6

42

147

202

11-16-4

7-19-2

2-8-0

 

Nashville and Calgary, with vastly different approaches, continue to slump into the break. At this point, St. Louis and Columbus’ home records point to missing the playoffs, whereas the Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, and Dallas Stars are going to add much in the way of pressure to the Predators and Flames’ situation.

 

Minnesota is an interesting case. While scoring and winning even when the powerplay is not clicking, the Wild has put together a 5-3 record in the past eight games. Josh Harding and rookie netminder Anton Khudobin have top notch goaltender Niklas Bäckström missed six of those last eight games. Josh Harding was brilliant and then injured, Wade Dubliewiscz did nothing to ensure a paycheque and was sent to the minors, and rookie Anton Khudobin has manned the pipes well before Bäckström returned last game. Games at home against the Atlanta Thrashers and Vancouver will go a long way to pointing the direction of the team heading into the break.

 

11 February 2010 / Robin Keith Thompson

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