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The NHL's Western Conference playoff race is wild @NHL

DETROIT (AP) - Nicklas Lidstrom will likely be in the NHL playoffs for the 19th straight season.

The Detroit Red Wings defenseman, though, says he's never seen a race this tight for postseason positioning in the Western Conference.

Vancouver and Detroit have double-digit cushions in the Central and Northwest Divisions, setting them up to probably be among the top three seeded teams when the regular season ends April 10.

Not much else is certain.

The San Jose Sharks have a slim lead over Phoenix, Los Angeles and Dallas in the Pacific Division.

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